The Golden Sails are about to go back to British soil as Wesley Ward appears to deliver an American crew to Royal Ascot.
The four-year-old has already gained this season, profitable the second one tier of the Shakertown Ring in Keeneland on April 9 through an excellent four-and-three-quarter lead.
The efficiency led Ward to be expecting good stuff from the runner when he joined the crew of horses for the trainer’s common pilgrimage to the Royal Meeting in June.
“Gold Good friend is doing really well. I have been admiring this horse for a number of years now, and the one factor he hasn’t carried out but is win your lot. Hope he is doing smartly!” Ward talks in regards to the King’s Stand Stakes player.
“He did nice in Shakertown, but it surely was once a comeback and I in reality suppose his subsequent run shall be particular,” he stated. I believe he’s going to verify this along with his efficiency at Ascot if he runs the way in which I be expecting him to.
“Bodily, he’s now an improbable instance, and mentally he’s in reality getting into his personal. I am so excited to have him again there.”
Any other runner main Berkshire over the summer time is Platinum Anniversary contender Campanale, a two-time Kings League winner who gained the 2020 Queen Mary Cup and final 12 months’s Commonwealth Cup, even though the final run was once given within the stewards’ room.
“Barbara Banks (proprietor) and her crew are very eager about Campanella’s go back. On the second one day, he confirmed an ideal efficiency after profitable in Keeneland. When you see this race towards one of the vital quickest bowlers within the nation. She was once very spectacular,” Ward stated.
“Between him and Golden Friend, I believe we’ve got a large probability. They have got raced in races I’ve gained sooner than and I in reality really feel that this pair additionally suits into their race if now not higher than my earlier winners.”
Ward has had 12 King’s Assembly winners, 8 of whom have been minors, and the trainer appears to be featured once more within the biennial pageant this 12 months.
“This week in Keeneland, we were given The us’s first natural maid for two-year-olds,” he stated.
“Then there are women at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park. I can have runners in those races and the way will they make a decision who will journey. ,
Any other state trainer maintaining a tally of Ascot is Christophe Clement, who has made a number of bets on his widespread stars.
Philadelphia Younger Breeders’ Cup winner Pizza Bianca throws her hat into the Coronation Stakes ring as Slipstream, Darrenn and The Large Invasion get ready for the Commonwealth Cup.
“Bianchi’s pizza is totally open after completing 2d in Aqueduct final weekend. I’ve now not but mentioned this with the landlord and I think that we will be able to come to a decision within the subsequent two to 3 weeks,” stated Clement.
“Now we’ve got an ideal program for 3 12 months outdated grasshoppers, in particular the New York Triple Crown. I’m more than pleased to go away her right here for this, but when the landlord needs to visit Ascot, I can be more than pleased to take action if we expect she shall be aggressive.
“In 4 weeks there shall be any other making a bet race in Pimlico the place she will move, and from there you’ll be able to move to Ascot. The filly will let us know what she needs to do, however in this day and age all choices are open.”
The Prince of Wales Stakes can have a rival from Japan as trainer Hideki Fujiwara thinks of a race for his Dubai Shima Vintage hero Shahriar.
“I’m venerated to take 2d position at Royal Ascot within the 12 months of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee,” he stated.
“After Shahriar gained the Dubai Sheema Vintage, I mentioned long term plans with the landlord (Sunday Racing Co Ltd) and we agreed that Shahriar’s subsequent function must be top-notch racing on the earth.
“I believe the Prince of Wales Stakes is the very best position for a horse.”
Chris Waller competed within the Nature Stripe and House Affairs Australian Best Dash, with every horse to begin with competing within the Platinum Jubilee and King’s Stand.
Waller’s assistant trainer and race supervisor Charlie Duckworth stated: “We’ve nominated each the Nature Strip and the Division of the Internal for the King’s Stand Stakes and Platinum Jubilee Stakes.
“We need to stay our choices open as a result of anything else can occur to horses, however we must certainly have a thrilling royal stumble upon.
“Chris is extremely excited to be training a champion sprinter, however having two champions in the similar 12 months is improbable.
“Then with the ability to move to Royal Ascot, particularly within the 12 months of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, makes it much more particular.”