Three Wesley Ward Runners That Can Win At Royal Ascot

American trainer Wesley Ward will unleash seven two-year-olds at Royal Ascot next week.
American trainer Wesley Ward will unleash seven two-year-olds at Royal Ascot next week.

American trainer Wesley Ward is set to saddle nine horses at Royal Ascot next week, and Steve Chambers picks out three of them that can claim victory...

With a sparkling 11 Royal Ascot winners to his name, the globetrotting American trainer Wesley Ward has become a mainstay of Flat's biggest jamboree, and the likeable handler is set for another busy week at the Berkshire extravaganza next week, as he is set to saddle nine horses over the five days. As is the norm, Ward will have a plethora of speedy juveniles taking their chance, with seven of the nine set to be seen in two-year-old contests, but he will also have a brace of older horses with one in particular looking a major contender.

Kaufymaker - Coventry Stakes

Much like his horses, Wesley Ward will look to fly out the stalls rapidly and bag a winner on the opening day of Royal Ascot, and in Kaufymaker he will saddle an exciting, speedy filly in the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday afternoon. Astonishingly, Ward is yet to taste victory in the Group 2 six-furlong event, but he feels he has a really strong hand in this year's event with KAUFYMAKER flying the flag for him.

The once-raced daughter of Jimmy Creed was a rampant six-and-a-quarter length winner on debut at Keeneland, and that success saw her propel to the head of the Coventry Stakes betting, and she could just prove to be a cut above her rivals. That Keeneland success came on the dirt, but Ward is confident that the switch to turf shouldn't be a problem, and she is pinpointed as his premier juvenile lining up at this year's Royal Ascot.

Ward is desperate to break his duck in the Coventry, and in Kaufymaker he feels he has a filly that can land a significant blow on the boys, and while the likes of Richard Hannon's Gisburn, Donnacha O'Brien's Masseto and the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Acropolis have all recorded taking victories heading into the race, it's the American charge that can reign supremie.

Ward has been quick to big up the chances of Kaufymaker, and has pointed out that if she can run a huge race then the rest of his youngsters should be watched, and the exciting two-year-old can scorch the Ascot turf on day one of the meeting and claim Coventry glory.

Coventry Stakes
Kaufymaker silk



Twilight Gleaming - Queen Mary Stakes

Since 2009, Ward has won the Queen Mary Stakes on four occasions with the triumvirate of Acapulco (2015), Lady Aurelia (2016) and Campanelle (2019) all claiming Group 2 glory in the five-furlong event on day two. The 53-year-old will now look to make it a famous fifth win in the Queen Mary and he will saddle a real speedball in the shape of TWILIGHT GLEAMING.

A spectacular debut performance at Belmont Park launched her into the Royal Ascot picture, as she breezed clear of inferior rivals on her first start on the track, and having recorded a quick time that day, she was immediately earmarked for a crack at the Queen Mary.

Bookmakers have a differing opinions on how good Twilight Gleaming in as one firm is offering 11/4, while there's some 4/1 available, and the latter of those prices is significantly eye-catching, as the manner in which she showed a fine turn of foot in her win last suggests that she could be the next star five-furlong performer off the Ward production line.

It had been suggested that exciting speedster Ruthin would line up in the Queen Mary, but she is set to be rerouted to the Windsor Castle Stakes, as Twilight Gleaming has surpassed her on the gallops, so with that in mind it's worth keeping an eye on Ruthin.

But, in Twilight Gleaming, Ward has another hugely exciting filly to go to war with and she dominates the betting, at the time of writing, with the next horse in the list hovering around the 8/1 mark.

Queen Mary Stakes
Twilight Gleaming silk

Twilight Gleaming


Campanelle - Commonwealth Cup

Having tasted Queen Mary Stakes success 12 months ago, three-year-old sprinter CAMPANELLE is set to return to Royal Ascot this year and is a leading contender for the Commonwealth Cup, which takes place next Friday afternoon. A winner by three-quarters-of-a-length in the Queen Mary, where she beat Sacred, Campanelle then went on to beat the boys in a sensational performance in the Prix Morny at Deauville.

Unable to land a blow in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf when she could only finish fourth, Campanelle struggled to show her best in that one-mile contest in America, so a drop back to six furlongs should see her at her very best next week.

Her Prix Morny success came over six furlongs, and she looks to be a real out-and-out sprinter, and the current 5/1 on offer looks more than fair for a filly that has been there and done it.

Pitched on the outside of the field during the Queen Mary, Campanelle managed to unleash a blistering turn of foot in the final couple of furlongs to storm to the front, and she will look to emulate that display in the Commonwealth. Likely to try and gain cover and get a tow into the race, Campanelle can duly unleash her customary turn of foot to put the race to bed in the last two furlongs, and she can hand Ward a third winner of the week.

Commonwealth Cup
Campanelle silk


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