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Keeneland Sales and Racing Well Represented at Royal Ascot

June 21, 2018

Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel’s European champion and Group 1 winner Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward; Godolphin’s Group 1 winner and English highweight Hawkbill; and Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier’s Group 1 winner and English and Irish highweight Order of St George (IRE) are among the horses that sold and/or raced at Keeneland who are scheduled to compete during England’s prestigious Royal Ascot meet, which begins Tuesday and runs through Saturday.

A 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, Lady Aurelia on Tuesday will bid for her second consecutive win in the 5-furlong King’s Stand (G1) and her third Royal Ascot victory overall. She will be ridden by John Velazquez.

Lady Aurelia, sold for $350,000 at Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale, won her career debut at Keeneland in April 2016 and also captured the Listed Giant's Causeway at Keeneland in 2017. She captured the Queen Mary (G2) at Royal Ascot and was named the European champion 2-year-old filly.

Lady Aurelia wins at Royal Ascot 2017

Hawkbill, a 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy trained by Charlie Appleby, is entered in Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s (G1).

Purchased for $350,000 at the 2014 September Sale, Hawkbill won the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) and Dubai City of Gold Sponsored by Emirates Skycargo (G2) in March. He is the older half-brother to Grade 1 winner Free Drop Billy.

Order of St George, who is to race in Thursday’s Gold Cup (G1), was purchased for $550,000 at the 2013 September Sale. The 6-year-old son of Galileo (IRE), trained by Aidan O’Brien, is seeking his third consecutive Royal Ascot victory following the 2017 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (G2) and 2016 Gold Cup in Honour of the Queens 90th Birthday (G1).

Order of St George wins at Royal Ascot

Ward, who has nine wins at Royal Ascot, has sent a group of runners from Keeneland that includes two other Royal Ascot veterans, Bound for Nowhere and Undrafted.

Bound for Nowhere, who won Keeneland’s Shakertown (G2) in April during the Spring Meet, is pointed at Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee (G1) – which Undrafted won in 2015. Last year, Bound for Nowhere was fourth in the Commonwealth Cup (G1) at Royal Ascot.

Ward owns Bound for Nowhere, a 4-year-old son of The Factor who sold for $310,000 at the 2015 September Sale.

Bound for Nowhere wins the Shakertown

Undrafted, a multiple graded/group stakes winner who has earned more than $1.4 million, is an 8-year-old son of Purim scheduled to race in the Wokingham for his third start at Royal Ascot. Owned by Wes Welker and Monomoy Stables, he sold for $50,000 at the 2011 September Sale.

Ward’s other Royal Ascot horses include three expected starters Wednesday: Hat Creek Racing’s Chelsea Cloisters (Queen Mary-G2; jockey Frankie Dettori), Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Hemp Hemp Hurray (Jersey-G3;  Joel Rosario) and Vivian Day and Kate V. Rose’s Master Merion (Royal Hunt Cup; Ryan Moore).

Horses with Keeneland connections entered through Thursday at Royal Ascot are:

Tuesday

Queen Anne (G1) at 9:30 a.m. ET:

  • China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm and Head of Plains Partners’ Grade 1 winner Yoshida (JPN) broke his maiden at Keeneland during the 2017 Spring Meet.
  • George Turner and Clipper Logistics’ Suedois (FR) won Keeneland’s 2017 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) during the Fall Meet.

Coventry (G2) at 10:05 a.m.:

  • The Cool Silk Partnership’s Midnight Sands (by Speightstown) was offered at the 2017 September Sale.
  • Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Sergei Prokofiev (by Scat Daddy) sold for $1.1 million at the 2017 September Sale.

King’s Stand (G1) at 10:40 a.m.:

  • Ironhorse Racing Stable’s Bucchero was second in Keeneland’s Shakertown (G2) in April.
  • Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel’s Lady Aurelia sold for $350,000 at the 2015 September Sale.
  • Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Declarationofpeace (by War Front) sold for $2.6 million as a weanling at the 2015 November Sale.

St. James’s Palace (G1) at 11:20 a.m.:

  • Qatar Racing Limited’s Kings Shield (by Scat Daddy) was a $67,000 RNA to sale at the 2016 September Sale.

Ascot Stakes at noon:

  • Melbourne 10 Racing’s Sam Missile (IRE) (by Smart Strike) sold for $100,000 at the 2014 September Sale.

 

Wednesday

Queen Mary (G2) at 9:30 a.m. ET:

  • Hat Creek Racing’s Chelsea Cloisters (by First Samurai) won her career debut at Keeneland in April by 8 lengths.
  • Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier’s Gossamer Wings (by Scat Daddy) sold for $500,000 at the 2017 September Sale.
  • Smith, Magnier and Tabor’s So Perfect (by Scat Daddy) sold for $400,000 at the 2017 September Sale.

Duke of Cambridge (G2) at 10:40 a.m.:

  • Godolphin’s Arabian Hope (by Distorted Humor) sold for $650,000 at the 2015 September Sale.
  • Dr. Ali Ridha’s Unforgetable Filly (GB) competed in Keeneland’s 2017 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).

Prince of Wales’s (G1) at 11:20 a.m.:

  • Godolphin’s Hawkbill (by Kitten’s Joy) sold for $350,000 at the 2014 September Sale.

Royal Hunt Cup at noon:

  • Vivian Day and Kate V. Rose’s Master Merion (by Quality Road) was second in a Keeneland allowance in April.

Jersey (G3) at 12:35 p.m.:

  • Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Hemp Hemp Hurray (by Artie Schiller) sold as a weanling for $40,000 at the 2015 November Sale.
  • Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited’s Walk in the Sun (by Street Sense) sold as a weanling for $15,000 at the 2015 November Sale.
Thursday

Norfolk (G2) at 9:30 a.m. ET:

  • T.W. Morley’s Pocket Dynamo (by Dialed In) sold as a weanling at the 2016 November Sale for $20,000 and at the 2017 September Sale for $35,000.
  • Breeze Easy’s Shang Shang Shang, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, won her career debut at Keeneland in April.

Ribblesdale (G2) at 10:40 a.m.:

  • Ballymore Sterling Syndicate’s Dancing Brave Bear (by Street Cry [IRE]) sold for $230,000 at the 2016 September Sale.

Gold Cup (G1) at 11:20 a.m.

  • Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and L.J. Williams’ Order of St George (IRE) (by Galileo [IRE]) sold for $550,000 at the 2013 September Sale.

Britannia Stakes at noon:

  • Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Moqarrar (by Exchange Rate) sold as a weanling at the 2015 November Sale for $47,000.
  • V.I. Araci’s Corrosive (by Uncle Mo) sold at the 2016 September Sale for $40,000.

King George V Stakes at 12:35 p.m.:

  • Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-David Weir’s Occupy (by Declaration of War) sold at the 2016 September Sale for $80,000.
Friday

Albany (G3) at 9:30 a.m. ET:

  • Marcus Stables’ Stillwater Cove (by Quality Road), based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, was offered at the 2017 September Sale. She won her career debut at Keeneland in April

Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at 12:35 p.m.:

  • Clive Washbourn’s Thundering Blue (by Exchange Rate) sold for $175,000 at the 2014 September Sale.

Sandringham Stakes at noon:

  • Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Ganayem (IRE) (by Frankel) sold for $900,000 at the 2016 September Sale.
Saturday

Chesham (L) at 9:30 a.m. ET:

  • Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Cardini (by Magician [IRE]) sold as a weanling at the 2016 November Sale for $95,000.
  • Mrs. Theresa Marnane’s On a Session (by Noble Mission [GB]) sold for $50,000 at the 2017 September Sale.

Hardwicke (G2) at 10:05 a.m.:

  • R.J. Arculli’s Red Verdon (by Lemon Drop Kid) sold for $85,000 at the 2014 September Sale.

Windsor Castle (L) at 10:40 a.m.:

  • Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Moonlight Romance (by Liaison), based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, sold for $42,000 at the 2017 September Sale. She began her career in April at Keeneland, finishing second in a maiden race.
  • Mrs. Theresa Marnane’s Rolling King (by More Than Ready) sold for $70,000 at the 2017 September Sale.

Diamond Jubilee (G1) at 11:20 a.m.:

  • Owner and trainer Wesley Ward’s Bound for Nowhere (The Factor), winner of Keeneland’s Shakertown (G2) in April, sold at the 2015 September Sale for $310,000.
  • Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Spirit of Valor (by War Front) sold as a weanling at the 2014 November Sale for $850,000.

Wokingham Stakes at noon:

  • Mrs. Angie Bailey’s Tommy Taylor (by Mizzen Mast) sold at the 2015 September Sale for $50,000.
  • Wes Welker and Monomoy Stables’ Undrafted (by Purim), based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, sold at the 2012 September Sale for $50,000.