Wesley Ward is delighted to be again in Britain as he saddles one other sturdy group of runners for Royal Ascot subsequent week.
It’s 12 years for the reason that then little-known American grew to become the primary US-based coach to land a winner on the showpiece assembly, with Strike The Tiger claiming a 33-1 victory within the Windsor Citadel. The next day, he despatched out Jealous Once more to win the Queen Mary Stakes.
The outbreak of coronavirus meant Ward was compelled to observe on from his base in Kentucky as Campanelle supplied him with a fourth Queen Mary win and an eleventh Royal Ascot triumph general underneath Frankie Dettori final summer time.
However the rest of restrictions means the favored handler can be on target this time – and with quick floor forecast, confidence is excessive that he can add to his tally.
“The solar is shining, and the horses are wanting unbelievable, so we’re golden in the intervening time,” mentioned Ward.
A group of 9 horses has made the trans-Atlantic journey, together with seven two-year-olds.
The primary juvenile in motion can be Kaufymaker, who will bid to develop into Ward’s first winner of the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday.
Royal Ascot Group 1 races
2.30 Tuesday – The Queen Anne Stakes
3.40 Tuesday – The King’s Stand Stakes
4.20 Tuesday – The St James’s Palace Stakes
3.40 Wednesday – The Prince of Wales’s Stakes
4.20 Thursday – The Gold Cup
3.40 Friday – The Commonwealth Cup
4.20 Friday – The Coronation Stakes
4.20 Saturday – The Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Ward added: “We will head to the Coventry with the filly (Kaufymaker), and she’s going to most likely inform the story.
“All of the two-year-olds are coaching nice, however should you have been to line all of them up, she could be the one that may be in entrance – that is going six furlongs, I am undecided about 5.
“I feel Kaufymaker can be an excellent measure of how my horses are going to run. If she wins then we’ll be powerful (to beat) – and if she will get crushed then we could also be outclassed!”
Ward confirmed working and driving plans for the remainder of his squad, with American ace Johnny Velazquez travelling to accomplice the bulk.
Ward mentioned: “We have got Kaufymaker and Maven within the King’s Stand on Tuesday; then on Wednesday we have got Twilight Gleaming within the Queen Mary, and each Ruthin and Napa Spirit within the Windsor Citadel.
“On Thursday, within the Norfolk we have got Lucci and Nakatomi, and on Friday we have got Campanelle within the Commonwealth Cup and Golden Bell within the Albany – that is the line-up.
“Johnny is driving all of them, aside from Napa Spirit and Campanelle, who can be ridden by Frankie (Dettori), and Nakatomi can be ridden by Oisin Murphy.
“Johnny arrives at the moment. He is doing unbelievable and is admittedly wanting ahead to coming over once more.”