Wesley Ward is delighted to be again in Britain as he saddles one other robust workforce of runners for Royal Ascot subsequent week.
It’s 12 years because the then little-known American turned 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 Fortress. The next day, he despatched out Jealous Once more to win the Queen Mary Stakes.
The outbreak of coronavirus meant Ward was pressured to look at on from his base in Kentucky as Campanelle supplied him with a fourth Queen Mary win and an eleventh Royal Ascot triumph general below Frankie Dettori final summer time.
However the leisure of restrictions means the favored handler shall be on track 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 implausible, so we’re golden in the intervening time,” stated Ward.
A workforce of 9 horses has made the trans-Atlantic journey, together with seven two-year-olds.
The primary juvenile in motion shall be Kaufymaker, who will bid to turn out to be Ward’s first winner of the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday.
Ward added: “We’ll head to the Coventry with the filly (Kaufymaker), and she’s going to in all probability inform the story.
“All of the two-year-olds are coaching nice, however in the event you had been to line all of them up, she can be the one that might be in entrance – that is going six furlongs, I am undecided about 5.
“I believe Kaufymaker shall be measure of how my horses are going to run. If she wins then we’ll be robust (to beat) – and if she will get overwhelmed then we could also be outclassed!”
Ward confirmed working and using plans for the remainder of his squad, with American ace Johnny Velazquez travelling to accomplice the bulk.
Ward stated: “We have Kaufymaker and Maven within the King’s Stand on Tuesday; then on Wednesday we have Twilight Gleaming within the Queen Mary, and each Ruthin and Napa Spirit within the Windsor Fortress.
“On Thursday, within the Norfolk we have Lucci and Nakatomi, and on Friday we have Campanelle within the Commonwealth Cup and Golden Bell within the Albany – that is the line-up.
“Johnny is using all of them, aside from Napa Spirit and Campanelle, who shall be ridden by Frankie (Dettori), and Nakatomi shall be ridden by Oisin Murphy.
“Johnny arrives at present. He is doing implausible and is de facto wanting ahead to coming over once more.”