Golden Pal is set to return to the UK as Wesley Words hopes to lead a US contingent in Royal Ascot.
The four-year-old has already won this season, winning the Shakertown Stakes in Queenland on April 9 with an impressive four and three-quarters length.
Due to his performance, Words expected great things from the sprinter when he joined the horse team on the trainer’s regular pilgrimage to the royal meeting in June.
“Golden Pal is doing great, he really is. I have been singing words of praise to this horse for a few years now, and all he has to do is win your patch. I hope he succeeds!” Words said he was a participant in the King’s Stand Stakes.
“It was a strong performance in Shakertown, but it was a comeback, and I really think his next ride will be something special. He’s a horse once in a lifetime – definitely the best I’ve ever had, and I think he’ll celebrate it with my performance in Ascot, if I run as I expect it to.
“Physically he is now a great specimen, and mentally he is really becoming his own. I am so excited that he is there again.
Another Ward runner heading to Berkshire this summer is Platinum Anniversary nominee Campanel, a two-time winner of the Royal Reunion after the 2020 Queen Mary and Commonwealth Cup last year, although he won the last race in the steward room.
“Barbara Banke (owner) and her team are so excited to be able to return Campanell. She showed a solid performance in her victory in Khinelend. When you look at those races against some of the fastest chamomile in the country, everything she did was quite impressive,” she said. Vords.
“I think we have a great opportunity between him and Golden Pal. They’re taking part in a race I’ve already won, and I really feel like this couple is taking part in their race, if not better than my previous winners.
The word had 12 winners at the royal meeting, eight of whom were minors, and the coach hopes to be well represented in the two-year competition again this year.
“We have our first lawn girls for two-year-olds in Queenland this week,” he said.
“Then there are young girls in Churchill Down and Belmont Park. I will have drivers in this race, and how they understand will determine who will travel.
Another U.S. coach looking at Ascot is Christopher Clement, who was a handful of starters destined for his steady stars.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Pizza Bianca has thrown his hat in the Coronation Stakes ring, while Slipstream, Derrynane and Big Invasion have entered the Commonwealth Cup.
“Pizza Bianca is open all the way after the second Pizza Bianca last weekend at Aqueduct. I haven’t had a discussion with the owner yet, and I think we’ll make a decision in the next two or three weeks, “said Clement.
“We now have a great program for three-year-old chamomile, especially the Triple Crown in New York. I am very happy to keep her here, but if the owner wants to go to Ascot, I am also very happy to do so if we think she will be competitive.
“In four weeks, Pimliko will have another race in which she can take part, and then you can go to Askota. Kukulīte will tell us what she wants to do, but now all the possibilities are wide open.
The Prince of Wales Stakes could be a Japanese rival, as coach Hideaki Fujiwara is ahead of the race for his Dubai Sheema Classic hero Shahryar.
“I am honored to be the runner of Royal Ascot on the Queen’s Platinum Anniversary,” he said.
“I was talking to the owner (Sunday Racing Co. Ltd) about future plans after Shahryar won the Dubai Sheema Classic, and we agreed that Shahryar’s next goal should be the best in the world.
“I think Prince of Wales Stakes is the perfect place for a horse.”
Chris Waller made entries for Australia’s best sprinters Nature Strip and Home Affairs, each horse originally featured on the Platinum Jubilee and King stand.
Waller’s assistant coach and competition director Charlie Dakworth said: “We nominated for both the King’s Stand Stakes and Platinum Jubilee Stakes.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“It is phenomenally exciting for Chris to be assigned to train as a sprint champion, but two champions in one year are simply amazing.
“Then the opportunity to get to Royal Ascot, especially in the Queen’s Platinum anniversary year, makes it even more special.”
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