A few days ago we had the most mouthwatering of clashes to look forward to with the possibility of Caravaggio taking on Lady Aurelia. However, Aidan O’Brien pulled his super colt out of the race a few days ago knowing Wesley Ward’s superstar filly could tarnish his reputation. It was never going to be an easy task for Caravaggio giving this filly 1.5kg in weight so it could have been a wise choice. Lady Aurelia (2/5) now has a sublime chance to land this Prix Morny on Sunday where she looks to maintain her unbeaten record.
She absolutely hacked up on her debut in America when seeing off her rivals by over seven lengths at Keeneland. The daughter of the majestic Scat Daddy was then smashed off the boards before the Queen Mary Stakes, going off the very strong 2/1 favourite. She may not have beat all that much but her turn of foot was absolutely incredible and the fractions she set were extraordinary. She went on to win the race by seven lengths. It is worth noting that she ran roughly the same time as Acapulco who won the race the year previous. However, Acapulco was running on on firm ground so Lady Aurelia’s performance on Good to Soft left everybody speechless. This is a hugely exciting filly and she should hose up on Sunday.
Her sole danger seems to be the progressive Clive Cox trained Tis Marvellous (5/1) who is going from strength to strength. This Harbour Watch colt was second to Mutawatheb on debut at Newbury but clearly that run was just to blow the cobwebs away. Next time out at Windsor he looked a star in the making, powering clear to win his maiden by eight lengths going away in the hands of Adam Kirby. Clive then targeted the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte last month and he showed a great turn of foot to beat Al Johrah by just over two lengths. We can get a nice form read from Al Johrah (20/1) who takes her chance here again. Lady Aurelia beat her by seven lengths and Tis Marvellous beat her by two lengths so based on that piece of form, the Cox horse has five lengths to find to give her a contest.
The other horse that is worth a small mention is Peace Envoy (10/1) of the Aidan O’Brien stable. This colt by Power beat the Ger Lyons trained Psychedelic Funk in a Curragh Group 3 when last seen. Trip and ground will be of no concern to this horse but he was beat in Group 2 company twice already so it is difficult to see him beating the likes of Lady Aurelia, giving weight away. Alrahma (25/1) is the complete outsider of the five runners. The Head trained Shamardal filly will at least be in receipt of weight from the colts and did win a Group 3 on just her second start here at Deauville. It would be no surprise if she was the horse to chase the favourite home for the forecast material.