Report: Ward may prep Lady Pauline for Royal Ascot in Britain

April 09, 2019 01:54pm
Lady Pauline, the 9 3/4-length Keeneland debut winner and half-sister to two-time Royal Ascot winner Lady Aurelia, could sharpen up for her own Ascot run with a local prep race.

Trainer Wesley Ward told he's considering a May 1 race on Royal Ascot Trials Day similar to how he had Create a Dream run locally before her Ascot victory in 2016.

"Her work has been really nice since the start, and I’m excited about her for sure," Ward told
“If she doesn’t run in the May race in Ascot I would say it’s doubtful she’ll run before Royal Ascot.

"There is one race for her (at) Churchill, but that is on the dirt and I’d be trying to steer (the owner) away from that if we want to go for the Queen Mary.”

Lady Aurelia won the Queen Mary in 2016 off a first out win at Keeneland and returned a year later to win the King's Stand as well.

As for Lady Pauline, she blitzed her foes over the Keeneland dirt last Friday when, under jockey John Velazquez, the daughter of Munnings broke on top and sprinted to 4 1/2 furlongs in a final time of 

"If she can come back and run the way she ran today, she'll be just as much as Lady Aurelia was," Velazquez told TVG. "You've got to keep your fingers crossed she can stay healthy and keep improving from here. Very, very impressive."

As with Lady Aurelia, Lady Pauline runs for Stonestreet Stables.

Among Ward's other Royal Ascot-eligible runners are Bound for Nowhere, who was second in last Saturday's Shakertown (G2) at Keeneland, and The Mackem Bullet, who won Sunday's Appalachian (G2).


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