Unbeaten Lady Speightspeare Ready For ‘Next Step’ In Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

Had everything gone right, Charles Fipke’s homebred Lady Speightspeare would have made her Keeneland debut last fall in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). It was not to be.

Lady Speightspeare was 2-for-2 in 2020 and had punched her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup with a victory in the Natalma (G1) at Woodbine. After being sidelined, she did not return to the races until Sept. 6, when she scored a front-running 2-length victory at Woodbine.

“I was hoping to be here in the spring and at Saratoga in the summer,” trainer Roger Attfield said. “She is fine now and ready to carry on with her life. Hopefully, she will have a nice, long career and this is the next step up.”

The next step up is Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana going 1 1/8 miles on the grass, the surface on which Lady Speightspeare has made all of her starts.

Lady Speightsphere arrived at Keeneland from Woodbine Wednesday night and has trained on the main track the past two mornings with a visit to the starting gate being a part of Friday’s activity. Ally Walker has been aboard both mornings.

Attfield trained Lady Speightspeare’s dam, Lady Shakespeare, who won the Bewitch (G3) here in 2010 for Fipke and was fourth I the 2009 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup,

“They are similar in a number of ways,” Attfield said of mother and daughter. “They are both very sensible and good to work with and always feeling good.”

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who has been aboard for all of Lady Speightspeare’s starts, will be aboard Saturday.

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