Wesley Ward confident with strong Royal Ascot team
by Craig Jones for Knightsbridge Bloodstock
Wesley Ward has once again sent a strong team to Royal Ascot and this year could be his strongest yet as he arrives with multiple chances. The American trainer has seven Royal Ascot winners to his name, so he knows what is required to win at the world’s most prestigious horse racing meeting. This year he arrives with nine horses, and some of them look to have great chances.
The team will be headed by Lady Aurelia, a Royal Ascot winner last year as a two year old, she returns to try and win at the meeting for a second time. She won the Queen Mary last year in great style and will no doubt be popular on the day with those who remember that performance.
She is a bigger horse now as a three year old and has already beaten older fillies this year. This time she will take on older colts, and some of the best sprinters in the world so things will be tough for her. We all know she will run her race though and is an exciting overseas challenger at the meeting.
Elsewhere, Ward will try to retain his Queen Mary crown with another up and coming filly in Happy Like A Fool. She is the only runner in a race that Ward knows how to win, so it would be foolish to ignore her chances in the race.
Another promising two year old heading for the Royal meeting is McErin who will contest the Norfolk stakes. He has raced on dirt so far, but Ward insists he is a much better animal on grass and he is another fascinating two year old the American is bringing with him to the meeting.
Rounding off the two year old team, Arawak heads to the Coventry Stakes, Princess Peggy will run in the Albany Stakes and both Nootka Sound and Elizabeth Darcy will contest the Windsor Castle.
Joining Lady Aurelia as part of the older horse’s team is Bound For Nowhere, an exciting three year old colt who will run in the Commonwealth Cup, a race shaping up to be one of the best of the meeting. It will be tough from him as he will face the hugely exciting Harry Angel and Caravaggio in what should be a cracker.
Elsewhere, Con Te Partiro will round off the team in the Sandringham stakes, a team that Wesley Ward is full of confidence about.
Since he started racing at the Royal Ascot meeting, Wesley Ward has registered seven Royal Ascot winners. He always sends some highly promising two year olds to the meeting and this year looks no different. With his strong team of nine already settling in the UK, it is worth keeping an eye on his runners in two weeks.
Looking through his list and with his pedigree as a trainer at the meeting, you certainly wouldn’t bet against him picking up another Royal Ascot winner in 2017.
Craig Jones writes about global horse racing for Knightsbridge Bloodstock
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