Lady Aurelia beaten by Brave Anna

Lady Aurelia was left paddling in the final furlong as Brave Anna denied Ballydoyle stablemate Roly Poly in the Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes.

Seamie Heffernan and Brave Anna get the better of a battle with Roly Poly to win the Cheveley Park Stakes, with Lady Aurelia (far left) fading into third.

Frankie Dettori sent the odds-on favourite to the front from the start and by halfway she was well more than three lengths clear. But on a windy day, the petrol tank read empty more quickly than Dettori would have hoped and she was a spent force by the furlong-pole.

It was at that point that Roly Poly and Brave Anna sailed past down the outside, but it was Seamie Heffernan aboard the 25/1 outsider who got the best of the photo finish by a short head. Lady Aurelia was back in third, with Queen Kindly a disappointing fourth.

Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien, successful for the first time in the race, said: "It takes a very good filly to win this and we were delighted. When they got together they helped each other.

"Wesley's filly is a very good filly and the wind out there probably didn't help her but our two fillies have been very good fillies all year.

"Seamie gave the winner a great ride and really got her into a flying rhythm.

"I'm not sure what happened in the Moyglare – maybe it was the seven furlongs, or maybe she just got a bit tired, but we always had faith in her.

"We knew there was going to be pace and there was a very strong pace."

On the other side of the winner's enclosure, Lady Aurelia's trainer Wesley Ward was left deflated.

"It's a humbling game," he told Channel 4 Racing. "With expectations come big disappointments.

"When he called on her, it just wasn't there for the last bit, but it's been a tough campaign. I'm not trying to make any excuses or take anything away from the two that beat her. But she's a special filly and we'll take her back and try and get her ready for the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot.

"I expected to win today. I laid it out there on everybody and when you do that… it happens."

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