Royal Ascot - At The Races

15:05 Ascot 21 Jun 2017

Queen Mary Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) (Class 1) (2YO only)

Winner £62,381 - 23 ran



Good to Firm (Watered)

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Weighed In

Last year’s race

Lady Aurelia
  • Winner: Lady Aurelia
  • Jockey: L Dettori
  • Trainer: Wesley Ward
  • Owner: Stonestreet Stables/g Bolton/p Leidel
  • Age: 2 Weight: 9st 0lb
  • Starting Price: 2/1f
  • Season Form Figures: 1
  • Previous Best: 1st - Maiden Special Weight (Dirt), Keeneland (Apr 2016)

The Wesley Ward-trained pair of Scat Daddy-sired fillies Acapulco and Lady Aurelia turned the last two runnings into one-filly races winning with such authority off the back of one previous start. Also successful with Jealous Again in 2009 and a runner-up in between his successes, therefore all eyes on Happy Like A Fool who, like Lady Aurelia, won her only start beforehand at Keeneland. Fairyland is another possible Ward-trained filly by Scat Daddy to be sent over for a 2yo race at the meeting.

Entering the race unbeaten or otherwise is neither here nor there but what is usually crucial is our selection won last time out as has been the case for 13 of the last 16 winners. Up until 2006 it was a case of follow the unbeaten fillies as six on the spin had proven successful but eight of the subsequent 11 winners had tasted defeat earlier in the season.

What is usually crucial is our selection won last time out as has been the case for 13 of the last 16 winners.

The National Stakes at Sandown has been a good guide but it was dominated by colts this season. The Marygate Stakes at York’s Dante Meeting is another fair pointer with Gilded (2006) and Ceiling Kitty (2012) completing the double, two more Marygate winners finished second and third in between and Tiggy Wiggy was runner-up in both races. This season’s 1-2 of Main Desire both look smart.

The Hannon stable have won five Queen Marys in total and Mick Channon’s record with juveniles at Royal Ascot passes the closest scrutiny and he has won the Queen Mary with Bint Allayl (1998), Queen's Logic (2001) and Flashy Wings (2005) and all three went on to win the Lowther Stakes and end up the season's champion two-year-old filly. In fact, his last 14 runners have produced three winners a second, third, fourth and fifth. Brian Meehan has trained a winner (Romantic Liaison) and a second (Shumoos) since 2002 so is another that knows what it takes.

This 5f sprint is a test for real speedsters so it is with little surprise that sires known for passing on their sprinting genes that have fared much the best. The last ten winners were sired by stallions with a Sire Index of between 6f and 8f.

At a glance summary

Trained by Mick Channon, Richard Hannon, Wesley Ward or Brian Meehan
Contested the Marygate Stakes at York or National Stakes at Sandown
Beaten last time out
Not sired by a stallion with a Sire Index of between 6f to 8f
Once-raced unless trained by Wesley Ward

Previous Winners - QUEEN MARY STAKES

2016Lady AureliaWesley WardL Dettori2 9-02/1f17
2015AcapulcoWesley WardR L Moore2 9-05/2f20
2014Anthem AlexanderE LynamP J Smullen2 9-09/4f21
2013RizeenaC E BrittainJames Doyle2 8-126/123
2012Ceiling KittyTom DascombeR Kingscote2 8-1220/127
2011Best TermsR HannonR Hughes2 8-1212/114
2010MaqaasidJ H M GosdenR Hills2 8-129/4f18
2009Jealous AgainWesley A WardJ Velazquez2 8-1213/213
2008Langs LashM G QuinlanA Munro2 8-1225/117
2007ElletelleGer Lyons Johnny Murtagh 2 8-1220/121
2006GildedR Hannon R Hughes 2 8-1211/215
2005Flashy WingsM ChannonT Durcan2 8-104/1jf17
2004DamsonD WachmanJ Spencer2 8-1011/2jf17
2003AttractionM JohnsonK Darley2 8-1013/8f14
2002Romantic LiasonB MeehanPat Eddery2 8-816/119
2001Queen's LogicM ChannonS Drowne2 8-813/220
2000Romantic MythT EasterbyK Darley2 8-84/1f20
1999Shining HourP Chapple-HyamJ Fortune2 8-820/113
1998Bint AllaylM ChannonL Dettori2 8-82/1f17
1997NadwahP WalwynR Hills2 8-810/118
1996Dance ParadeP ColeM Kinane2 8-88/113
1995Blue DusterD LoderM Kinane2 8-87/4f12
1994Gay GallantaSir M StouteW Swinburn2 8-816/116
1993RiskyR HannonW Swinburn2 8-811/211
1992Lyric FantasyR HannonM Roberts2 8-811/8f13
1991MarlingG WraggG Carter2 8-811/4f14