Ward, the first American trainer to have winners at Great Britain’s famous
Royal Ascot meeting, has a team of eight primed for next week.
Keeneland-based handler is in a confident mood as he bids to improve on his
tally in 2009 when he sent out Strike The Tiger to win the Windsor Castle
Stakes (Listed) and Jealous Again to land the Gr2 Queen Mary.
ready for battle,” Ward said.
again Ward is pinning his hopes on the juvenile prizes and has all six races
for two-year-olds covered with a squad of seven youngsters.
Tuesday, June 14th, he has Italo entered for the Gr2 Coventry Stakes (Ascot
Race 4; 11:25 am EDT) and both Holdin Bullets and recent Folkestone (UK) maiden
winner Gentlemans Code in the Windsor Castle Stakes at 12:35 pm (Ascot Race 6)
Wednesday’s card, Ward has Gypsy Robin and Judy The Beauty in the Queen Mary
Stakes (Ascot Race 5; 12:00 noon) while on Thursday Everyday Dave will be
entered in the Gr2 Norfolk Stakes (Ascot Race 1; 9:30 am).
Robin and Judy The Beauty have alternative entries in the Gr3 Albany Stakes on
Friday (Race 1; 9:30 am) and Tiz Terrific and/or Holdin Bullets will fly the
stars and stripes in the Listed Chesham Stakes on Saturday at 9:30 am.
elder member of the Ward raiding party is Holiday For Kitten, who goes for the
Gr1 King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday (Race 2; 10:05 am).
string has been based at Xavier Nakkachdji’s stable at Chantilly outside of
Paris since April under the supervision of his long-time assistant Blake Heap
and most of them have been in winning action.
we’ll get some luck. I’d really like to thank Xavier who trains in France for
helping us out,” said Ward.
horses will travel over from France to Ascot on Saturday when the trainer
himself will make the journey from the United States.
has also been helped by Steve Leving, who he describes as “the world’s foremost
has been instrumental in choosing the best races for the Ward team. He provided
England’s Press Association with the lowdown on each Royal Ascot raider:
entered Italo in the Coventry. He won at Longchamp first time out,” he said.
Bullets will run in either the Windsor Castle or the Chesham, or both. “Holdin
Bullets has not run in Europe yet. He was in a race but was scratched. He’s a
bay colt by Ghostzapper and won first time out, breaking his maiden at
Keeneland by a length going wire to wire in 51 seconds flat over four and half
furlongs. He had a lot of public support in his first race.
Code, the one British racing fans are familiar with, is in the Windsor Castle.
For Kitten, the only older horse Wesley will be running at Royal Ascot, is in
the King’s Stand Stakes.
Robin has been entered in both the Queen Mary and the Albany. It has not been
completely determined yet which race she is going to run in. She could run in
either of the two. Gypsy Robin has run just the once at Keeneland over four and
a half furlongs in 50.2 seconds, a fast time, and she won by seven and a half
lengths in an 11-horse field. She can really run.
the horse that won in Paris, Judy The Beauty, is also nominated for both those
races. She won in Keeneland in a fast time and then won again over five
furlongs at Chantilly last month. Judy The Beauty beat Ruby’s Day by a neck who
went on to beat an unbeaten colt (Family One) in her next race in France. Judy
The Beauty has trained well and is a good one.
Dave has run twice. He won his maiden easily at Keeneland and then he won at
Chantilly by eight lengths in a time of 57.3 seconds. After that race Timeform
gave him a rating of 104p. He’s slated to go for the Norfolk Stakes.
Terrific is a filly who has been nominated for the Chesham and she won by two
and a half lengths at Longchamp.
far, so good. You have to be lucky and it has been firm ground which was
horses were well-trained and they have talent” Leving continued.
is different now to what it was when Wesley won at Ascot the year before last.
won with Strike The Tiger, he won with Jealous Again, but the fashion he did it
was a little differrent because the horses went directly to England [from
America] for the races.
this is new territory and when you’re running at Royal Ascot you’re running
against the best horses in the world. It’s a difficult assignment.”