Ward predicts Aurelia fireworks
The much-anticipated clash between star juvenile fillies Lady Aurelia and Queen Kindly in the Cheveley Park Stakes remains on track after the pair featured among 10 remaining horses after the forfeit stage.
The unbeaten Lady Aurelia, trained by US-based Wesley Ward, is three from three this year including a breathtaking victory in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and a more hard-fought success in the Prix Morny at Deauville.
"Lady Aurelia worked great on the Rowley Mile the day before yesterday and is ready to run her best ever race on Saturday," said Ward.
"I have a lot to thank my assistant trainer, Frankie Dettori, for!
"He's the only person to have ridden her since she came over from France after the Prix Morny and I'm really excited to have been having such interaction race-to-race from the world's greatest jockey.
"When I wake up every morning there's a video bulletin from Frankie waiting for me, telling me how things are going – it's as if I was there. And he's been telling me that we are really going to see something from her this time.
"Lady Aurelia was at a disadvantage at Ascot and in the Morny as she was taking on the home team. Now, mainly thanks to Brian O'Rourke who has graciously allowed her to lodge at The National Stud, I feel that we are more of the home team than they are.
"The Rowley Mile is an opulent course and she's already been able to experience it a few times. I gave her a month off after Ascot, before the Morny she just had four easy breezes, so in hindsight maybe she was not as cranked up for that as she might have been. And, when you study the Deauville video, you can see that she steps in a hole at the furlong marker – there's a cloud of dust around all four of her feet."
Queen Kindly finished only third in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, but the Richard Fahey-trained daughter of Frankel took a sizeable leap forwards when taking the Lowther Stakes at York last time out, after which Fahey said he would relish the opportunity to take on the American filly at Newmarket in Saturday's Group One showdown.
Also among the high-class field are the Aidan O'Brien-trained Group Two winner Roly Poly, just three-quarters of a length behind Queen Kindly in the Lowther, and Nations Alexander, fourth for Richard Hannon in the same contest.
Brave Anna, the winner of the Albany but disappointing since for O'Brien, is also among the possible starters, as is the unexposed David Simcock-trained Pellucid, who got going too late when third in the Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury last time out on just her second start.
Missing from the list though is Fair Eva, third in the Lowther, who is set instead to contest the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes 24 hours earlier.