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ROYAL ASCOT MONDAY JURY

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Ribchester and Churchill: day-one Royal Ascot bankers or vulnerable?

Fran Berry, jockey 
Very much bankers. It’s very hard to see past Ribchester in the Queen Anne, which I think lacks strength in depth this year. His run at Newbury will have put him spot on. It will be interesting to see the Churchill/ Barney Roy rematch but I expect Churchill to confirm the form. I don’t think the ground suited him at the Curragh last time but he still won with plenty in the tank.

Peter Chapple-Hyam, trainer 
Bankers I reckon. Ribchester looks to have little to beat in the Queen Anne, in which Dave Simcock’s Lightning Spear is guaranteed to be placed but seldom wins. In the St James’s Palace, I’m a big fan of Barney Roy and the hill will help him, but the stiff mile will also play to Churchill’s strengths, and I expect him to confirm the form.

Niall O'Reilly, Betfair Sportsbook odds compiler 
I wouldn’t be wanting to weigh into either at their odds at the moment, although both obviously are the most likely winners. I’d prefer to back each-way against them with Mutakayyef looking a big price in the Queen Anne at 12-1 and Barney Roy a fair price at 11-4 in the St James’s Palace. It appeals to me as an each-way double too.

Jamie Osborne, trainer 
Churchill is vulnerable to Barney Roy if that horse relaxes better early on. The danger to Ribchester is himself – it is a stiffer mile and he needs to relax better.

David Simcock, trainer 
I’m hoping Ribchester will be vulnerable as we’ve Lightning Spear against him. Ribchester was impressive in the Lockinge but it’s unlikely he’ll get the same scenario in the Queen Anne. I’m sure Lightning Spear can get closer to him on better ground at a track that suits. Churchill is a banker. He was good at Newmarket but was more impressive when ridden less aggressively at the Curragh.

The Prince of Wales’s Stakes looks pretty open – who’s your pick?

Fran Berry, jockey 
There’s no standout this year so I would have thought So Mi Dar represents a bit of value. She looked a quality filly last year and was a bit unlucky last time in France so I would expect there to be more to come. Although she has missed her prep I would still think she’ll be in the mix if it’s quick ground.

Peter Chapple-Hyam, trainer 
It’s an open race this year but if Jack Hobbs misses it for the Hardwicke then I would expect his stablemate So Mi Dar to take the beating. I know she’s not run yet this year but John Gosden is a master at getting fillies ready for these races, as he showed with The Fugue in the same contest a few years ago.

Niall O'Reilly, Betfair Sportsbook odds compiler 
I’ve backed So Mi Dar, who I think is still value. I think Ulysses is a poor price on what he’s achieved, while both Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs have the Hardwicke as an option, making them risky betting propositions. Either way this trip is short of their best for me. So Mi Dar looks a very likely runner with her ideal conditions so I’m happy to take her against the field.

Jamie Osborne, trainer 
I think the value is Highland Reel at 8-1. He is a proven Group 1 horse who doesn’t miss a beat and there are less question marks about him – he looks great value.

David Simcock, trainer 
There is a question mark over whether Jack Hobbs will be as effective over a mile and a quarter and while Ulysses was very good when beating Deauville at Sandown, I don’t think that’s Group 1 form. The one I like is Cloth Of Stars as he has improved this year. He seems to be able to get the job done and beat a really solid horse in Zarak last time.

Order Of St George for a Gold Cup double or can he be slain?

Fran Berry, jockey 

I think he’s opposable this year. I think it’s going to be a good renewal of the race with the likes of Big Orange in there and I think the French horse Vazirabad is an exceptional stayer. I rode against him in the French St Leger last year and the turn of foot he showed to go past us was very impressive.

Peter Chapple-Hyam, trainer
My heart says Big Orange but my head says Order Of St George. I would love to see Michael Bell’s horse win it as he was most impressive at Sandown last time and he would have a chance on fast ground. Aidan [O’Brien] will have his horse spot on again no doubt but the French also could get involved so it’s looking like a great race.

Niall O'Reilly, Betfair Sportsbook odds compiler 
He’d be my idea of the banker of the week. I’d have a small interest each-way in Simple Verse, who would have a big chance if she gets the trip, although I find it hard to see anything beating the favourite.

Jamie Osborne, trainer 
I think Order Of St George is going to be tough to beat but Big Orange will give him a lead to the furlong-pole.

David Simcock, trainer 
He was impressive last year and his season revolves around this race. Last autumn he came back to Ascot for the Long Distance Cup but he’d had a hard race in the Arc. There are some who can give him a race and we’ve the great old soldier Sheikhzayedroad, who we know stays and goes on any ground. But it’ll be difficult to trouble Order Of St George.

Who do you like in the Group 1 sprints at the meeting?

Fran Berry, jockey 
I’m looking forward to seeing Lady Aurelia in the King’s Stand as she had a good comeback win. Caravaggio looks tailor-made for the Commonwealth Cup and will take all the beating. In the Diamond Jubilee, James Fanshawe’s The Tin Man has won over course and distance, something that will stand him in good stead.

Peter Chapple-Hyam, trainer 
Caravaggio will take all the beating in the Commonwealth Cup. In the King’s Stand, Frankie Dettori didn’t do a very good job of training Lady Aurelia last year so they’ve brought the proper trainer over this time and she’ll do for me. I like The Tin Man in the Diamond Jubilee as James Fanshawe’s horses were needing the run when he was second at York.

Niall O'Reilly, Betfair Sportsbook odds compiler 
That performance from Marsha at Newmarket was a huge run and she’ll be very difficult to beat for me. I can’t wait to see what Lady Aurelia does, though I’m starting to think she was flattered in the Queen Mary last year. Nothing jumps out in the Diamond Jubilee, although I’d be tempted to have a small each-way bet on Kachy at a likely big price if he shows up.

Jamie Osborne, trainer 
The Diamond Jubilee is too open to call but if Quiet Reflection flops again they will probably be asking Dougie Costello back! The Commonwealth Cup looks a match between Caravaggio and Harry Angel and I’m hoping Harry Angel wins for Lambourn. In the King’s Stand I like Marsha, trained by Sir Mark Prescott – one of the great trainers of slow horses.

David Simcock, trainer 
Lady Aurelia will grab the attention in the King’s Stand but I’ll side with Marsha. I was impressed with the way she carried a penalty to win on her comeback. If Limato gets his conditions and returns to his best he’ll have every chance in the Diamond Jubilee. I think the Commonwealth Cup will be between Blue Point and Caravaggio.

And who are your top two-year-old fancies?

Fran Berry, jockey 
I’m very much looking forward to riding Nine Below Zero in whichever race Ralph Beckett chooses to run him in. He was very impressive in carrying his penalty in a novice at Windsor last Monday, when he scored tidily. It’s not often that you can carry a penalty to such an easy win in these races and he did it exceptionally well in a race in which there were a few fancied runners.

Peter Chapple-Hyam, trainer 
I’m looking forward to seeing the Wesley Ward horses run – they add spice to the week – and I’ve been invited up to see them at the National Stud in the coming days. They tell me that McErin is a pretty big brute of a horse and he’ll take plenty of stopping in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes.

Niall O'Reilly, Betfair Sportsbook odds compiler 
I still think the most impressive juvenile performance I’ve seen this year came from Rajasinghe at Newcastle. He’s probably not much value for the Coventry at 10-1, although I’m looking forward to seeing how he fares against horses from the bigger stables.

Jamie Osborne, trainer 
I’d fancy anything sent over by Jessie Harrington, another great trainer of slow horses.

David Simcock, trainer 
Brother Bear looks a worthy favourite for the Coventry. He has been very impressive on his two starts, winning a maiden then a Listed race on yielding. Of the fillies, I was quite taken with Ertiyad’s victory at Haydock on Thursday on ground she would have hated. She’s talented, has plenty of speed and on fast ground she’d be a live contender in the Albany.

Now the easy one . . . give us a winner or two in the handicaps

Fran Berry, jockey 
My own riding plans in the handicaps are a bit up in the air but one I would like to be sat on is Banksea in the Hunt Cup. He was most impressive when winning the Spring Cup at Newbury in April and that race has worked out a treat. Luca Cumani will no doubt have him spot on for the big day.

Peter Chapple-Hyam, trainer 
I hope to have three runners in the handicaps. Buckstay in the Wokingham, Classical Times in the Sandringham and Redicean in the King George V. They all have place chances but Redicean would need to be drawn one, two or three in his race on the round course, which must be the hardest to ride in the country if you’re drawn high.

Niall O'Reilly, Betfair Sportsbook odds compiler 
I thought Swiss Storm could be interesting in the Britannia. He was quietly fancied for the Guineas at the start of the season and at one point we had him favourite for the Greenham, so a mark of 89 could be lenient. Bravery also looks a big price in the Royal Hunt Cup at 33-1. He’ll be only 4lb higher than when beating Oh This Is Us in the Lincoln, which now looks strong form.

Jamie Osborne, trainer 
We’ve won three of these in the last ten years but sadly the plan we’d had for 50 weeks went down two weeks ago when the horse got injured. But Culturati, who won for Godolphin at Newmarket on Saturday after a long layoff, is in the Wokingham and I should think the handicapper would like to have another go at him.

David Simcock, trainer 
Amabilis in the Sandringham. She caught the eye winning at Chelmsford last time. She got a hike in the weights but was worthy of it and it guarantees her spot at the bottom of the handicap. Son Of The Stars in the Britannia. He looked pretty talented when winning his first two starts and just got beat in a handicap at Newmarket last month. It was a warm race and he’ll have learned a lot.

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That was just a heading thread

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By Graham Dench

Melbourne Cup-winning rider Michelle Payne is keeping her fingers crossed she will be able to travel from Australia to partner Kaspersky in the Queen Anne Stakes despite running into a possible hitch regarding visa requirements.

Payne, who made history as the first woman to ride the winner of Australia's most famous race on 100-1 chance Prince Of Penzance in 2015, said on Saturday: "It's a lot more complicated than we thought, but I'm riding an Australian-owned horse and that could make all the difference, although I don't completely understand why.

"I've got people helping me out from the Victorian Jockeys Association, and my manager has had telephone and email contact with the BHA and the immigration department. There's been a lot of back and forth and it seems like it should be okay because Kaspersky is Australian-owned."

Payne, who rode a winner for Kaspersky's trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam at Warwick on her last visit to Britain in 2009 and is also due to return for August's Shergar Cup, added: "I'm still hoping to arrive on Tuesday, and I'd like to ride track work on him before the race as, not having ridden him before, it would be nice to form an association with him."

Chapple-Hyam said on Saturday: "Michelle isn't here for the season and so far as I know it will be fine. Kaspersky did a nice strong piece of work on the round gallop this morning. It was lovely ground on the Limekilns and he was good.

"Michelle is due to land on Tuesday, and that's also when the American horse American Patriot, who is running in the same race, is due to arrive. He's trained by Todd Pletcher but will be boarding here with me in Newmarket."

American Patriot, a four-year-old by War Front, has won both his starts this year, the latest in the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile on turf at Keenelend in April, when getting up close home.

The Queen Anne market is headed by Lockinge Stakes winner Ribchester at a best-priced 10-11, with Kaspersky a 50-1 chance.

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Ward and his first Lady fly in for showdown with British leaders

Aurelia heads charge in US trainer's 'best team ever'

By Peter Thomas
   

In the entirely possible event that Lady Aurelia blitzes her field in the King's Stand Stakes next Tuesday, there will be a delirious bunch of Americans in the winner's enclosure and an ecstatic Italian in the saddle. One man, however, may be forgiven if his reaction to the victory is a shade more subdued.

Crack American Johnny Velazquez rode the flying filly on her reappearance win at Keeneland in April and no doubt entertained hopes that he might be given the chance to accompany her in her bid for a second Royal Ascot success. The fact that he was overlooked for the ride might have been easier to bear had cold tactical logic been the clinching factor in the decision, but trainer Wesley Ward can offer no such crumbs of comfort.

"Understandably a lot of the jockeys who ride for me in the States are wanting to come over," smiles the effervescent Californian, "so we had a discussion over dinner the night Lady Aurelia won her comeback race, me and her owners, Peter Leidel, George Bolton and Barbara Banke, as to which of the two should ride the filly, Johnny or Frankie Dettori.

"We laid down all the scenarios, all the positives on both sides, the weight issues, the course experience, the loyalties, and ultimately it came down to if we happened to be so lucky as to win the King's Stand with a three-year-old filly, which of the two jockeys would we have a better time with at the dinner party – and that's the reason Frankie got the call!"

If it sounds a frivolous (if admirable) way of making a booking, rest assured 49-year-old Ward, an Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey himself, can back it up with rather more empirical evidence, partly concerning Dettori's Queen Mary and Prix Morny wins on Lady Aurelia last season, but more specifically the Diamond Jubilee Stakes success of Undrafted two years ago, which still leaves the trainer clutching for adequate words of gratitude.

"Without Frankie I don't win the race with Undrafted," he says with simple humility. "I don't think Billy Shoemaker on his best day would have rode the race Frankie did to win the Diamond Jubilee, so when you have a man like him open, when you've got the best there is, why would you go to the expense of bringing someone over?"

Velazquez may yet get his wish to partner some of the Ward squad, who boarded the plane last Monday for their holding camp in Newmarket – where they will soon to be joined by their Californian conditioner – ready to continue their preparation both in HQ and on the hallowed Berkshire turf. And what a squad it looks set to be, if the reality is even half as exciting as Ward's enthusiasm would have us believe.

"I think it's the strongest team I've ever brought over," he says, displaying a refreshingly un-English lack of restraint. "I'm getting a higher quality of horse to bring over, the owners are giving me a greater depth of horses to develop, and as a result I'm able to bring the best group I've ever put together for the meeting."

Where once Washington-born Ward gatecrashed the world’s most illustrious garden party like a transatlantic Fagin with a band of cheap and cheerful pickpockets, now he has big bucks behind him – including some of Coolmore's – but this year's raiding party is still informed by the same spirit of adventure, the same love of speed and more speed, that characterised the stunning success of Strike The Tiger at 33-1 in the 2009 Windsor Castle, followed the next day by the Queen Mary romp of Jealous Again.

Ward was off the mark on his first visit, and any thoughts that this was a flash in the pan, an impulsive jaunt rewarded for its audacity, were dispelled by the winning efforts of No Nay Never, Hootenanny, Undrafted and Acapulco. The victories were achieved with varying levels of surprise but none of them was unplanned.

"The first year was 2009 but I was looking at it from an earlier stage than that," explains Ward. "It's a long way home if you lose and there's so much build-up that it's a big let-down if you don't do well, so you don't go over there lightly, but I had the horses, I thought I could do some damage and I wanted to give it a try.

"It's early in the season and a lot of your better younger horses are still babies, so I knew if I could bring a horse who would like the turf, could show the speed and the talent straight away, I had a chance, so that's what I brought over."

What a stir those Yankee speedballs caused when they arrived in the Ascot paddock looking twice the size and with twice the attitude of their domestic counterparts. "Like looking at a line of bulldogs," is how Ward still describes the view in his barns at home, and some of his early challengers certainly had too much bite for the opposition.

"The British horses get better as they get older, whereas the American breed is all about pace and precociousness in two-year-olds," he explains, "so you're going to have a bigger, stronger physique that the European horses may develop but don't have yet. I decided to come over and try that out, and it was successful, but it was a nervous time dipping my toe in the water.

"I'd never been to Royal Ascot and the first day there was a lot of excitement, everybody dressed to the nines, Queen Elizabeth was there, horses coming from all over the world, and I had to tell myself it was still just a horserace. Then Cannonball finished sixth in the King's Stand and I said 'uh-oh, maybe it's not just a horserace, maybe I'm in trouble'."

The key to the rest of that first week and the future of Ward's love affair with Ascot was the weather. The barometer started out fair and stayed put, which came as no small relief.

"I was lucky in getting the fast ground," he admits, "because had it been soft I probably wouldn't have come back. I'd have run anyway, not knowing – because at home we take races off the soft turf, so you don't get a chance to find out – and they'd have run dismal and that would have been it. If the stars hadn't aligned, had it rained all week, that would most likely have been that.

"Now I keep coming back because there's nothing like Royal Ascot, and I'm proud to have encouraged more American trainers to come over and give it a try, which is something we were afraid of in the past – coming all this way to run badly.

"Mark Casse opened things up a little more with Tepin last year and personally I'm always looking for ways to improve for the following year, to keep learning as you do when you travel. I always try to talk to as many people, ask as many questions as I can of the great trainers, listen to as many of the stories that are told at every racetrack around the world, and gain experience for the future."

The near future holds a week of excitement for the likeable father of three, despite the prospect of another testing time in a top hat. His team will be the subject of mass fascination, but none will be more eagerly anticipated than Lady Aurelia on the opening day, and if Ward is to be believed, the trainers of her King's Stand rivals should start quaking in their boots well in advance of race day, now that the disappointment of her Cheveley Park flop has been overtaken by the return of her early brilliance.

"Her Ascot win last year was something special, and when we scoped her and found she'd bled at Newmarket, at least it gave us a reason that validated her loss. We gave her plenty of time to recover and she had a wonderful comeback, really explosive.

"Since then her work just got better and better and better. She's doing fantastic now, scoping clean with no Lasix, no medication at all, all natural because that's the way she'll run at Ascot. She's clean as a whistle and I'm really, really excited, very, very confident."

Even factoring in Ward's natural enthusiasm, it's a ringing endorsement of one of the most exciting juveniles seen at the royal meeting in donkey's years. She remains the living embodiment of her trainer's modus operandi and the culmination of his dreams, if not the endgame for his career.

"I try to spend as much time as I can with the babies every day," he says of his winter work in Florida. "You correct their shortcomings, try to keep them heading in the right direction very much as you would with a young child. If something seems not quite right, I like to get on them and feel it rather than just see it.

"I do like the young horses and I do like fast horses but as I'm getting older, I feel I'd like to take the success I've had and maybe convince the clients that I have and future clients to give me horses who can stretch out a little longer.

"But when you look down the shed row at the moment and see the physiques of the individuals I train, they aren't going to go two miles, so you can only do what you can do with what you have."

For the time being, what Ward has may well be enough to treat his many British fans to another ray of Californian sunshine on the royal turf.


The rest of Ward’s royal team

TUESDAY

Arawak 
C
oventry Stakes
Early on he breezed much better on the turf than on the dirt. They took his race at Belmont off the soft turf and on to the dirt and he still won by many lengths, but to me he's much better on the grass so we've decided to bring him over. I think he's a big horse with a big chance.

Elizabeth Darcy and Nootka Sound 
Windsor Castle Stakes
From the same stable and both very good, but we'll go with one and send the other for a Group 3 in France. We'll decide which way to go next week.

WEDNESDAY

Happy Like A Fool 
Queen Mary
A big, talented filly blessed with great natural speed and a beautiful mind. Anything you want to do with her you can and when they say go, she'll be gone. Another exciting runner.

Con Te Partiro 
Sandringham Handicap
I just worked her with Undrafted and she outworked him by a couple of lengths. He was waiting his turn to go and got a little hot which maybe compromised him a little bit, but take nothing away from her because that was about as beautiful a work as you could ever see. She shows speed in the mornings but when the gates open in the afternoon she'll drop back to last and come with one big charge – and I've only had a few horses who will train that way.

THURSDAY 

McErin
Norfolk Stakes
He's a little bit of a handful so I'm sending his regular rider over, an old cowboy guy that's been with me for 27 years. He's kind of a 'studdy' colt but when he gets on the racetrack he's always been very professional. The pre-saddling thing will be a worry but he's beautiful to look at and has an action that's all turf, despite a pedigree that's all dirt. He's training beautifully.

FRIDAY

Bound For Nowhere 
Commonwealth Cup
A big colt with a long stride, he's been working with Lady Aurelia and giving her all she can handle. In his second run at Keeneland he was ridden with great confidence by Julio Garcia and when he eased him out on the turn he just exploded. He ran a big figure that day and it really improved him, so much so that on one of Lady Aurelia's comeback works he was better than her and I ended up putting her on the lead because she couldn't get by him. He's training good and although he lacks experience I really believe he’s got the talent to do it.

Fairyland 
Albany Stakes
She'll be in the Queen Mary as well and the Coolmore team will decide where to go. She’s a big, long-striding filly who's blessed with speed but looks like she wants to go a little further. She's training awesome and I look forward to a big run from her.

Princess Peggy 
Albany Stakes
She's another who's better on the turf than on the dirt, but not as good as Fairyland – and I've told that to the owners. It's a horserace though, and you never know what's going to happen.

The trainer's summary
Until I see the line-ups I can only say that when everybody's putting their money down over there, they should know I'm bringing my A-game to the table. They're all flawless, sound, fit as a fiddle, extremely talented and given fast ground, which is the key, they're all going to run big.

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American Patriot enjoys a spin on the Newmarket turf | Emma Berry

By Emma Berry

Newmarket has traditionally been the host town for visiting international raiders for Royal Ascot, not least Black Caviar (Aus) (Bel Esprit {Aus}) and many of her compatriots over the years. While there are no Australian horses entered for this year’s meeting, the town has nevertheless welcomed a throng of American-trained runners, including nine from Wesley Ward’s team along with the WinStar homebred American Patriot(War Front) and a first starter at Ascot for Bill Mott, the sprinter Long On Value (Value Plus).

With Ward’s horses stabled at the National Stud, American Patriot and Long On Value are enjoying bed and board on the other side of town in a wing at Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Abington Place, which will be doing its bit to wave the Aussie flag at Ascot next week. Though trained in Newmarket,Kaspersky (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), a multiple Group winner in Germany and Italy and an intended runner in Tuesday’s G1 Queen Anne S., is trained by Chapple-Hyam and owned by fellow Australians Ernest and Ronda Clarke, who have persuaded Michelle Payne to fly over for her first ride at the Royal meeting.

Eight years ago, Payne spent a summer in Europe but her life has changed significantly since then, largely thanks to her victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup aboard Prince Of Penzance (NZ) (Pentire {GB}).

“It’s been fairly crazy,” admitted Payne, who has also recently taken out her trainer’s licence. “The book has come out and at the end of the year work is staring on a movie about my life. I don’t know who will be playing me but [Payne’s brother and Prince Of Penzance’s strapper] Stevie will be playing himself and he’s really excited about that.”

Commitments at home with the horses under her care mean that Payne is in the UK only briefly, but she will return in July to taken her place on the all-female team for the Shergar Cup, which is also held at Ascot.

She added, “Obviously in Australia the Melbourne Cup is our holy grail but having the opportunity to come out here to ride at Royal Ascot is incredible–it’s such a prestigious meeting. Kaspersky may be 40-1 but Jane has him in great shape. He’s a stallion and he’ll make his presence felt.”

Payne continued, “I missed out on the Shergar Cup last year after I got injured so it’s great to have a second chance to come back again for that. I’ve never ridden at Ascot but I’ve been watching plenty of replays of races from there, including as many previous Queen Anne Stakes as I can to try to get an idea of how the race tends to be run.”

Among those replays will have been the recording of the most recent Queen Anne winner Tepin (Bernstein), who got the meeting off to a great start for the American team last year and has provided inspiration for some of her countrymen. Riley Mott, in town to supervise his father’s representative Long On Value, said on Thursday morning, “Mr [Wesley] Ward has been a fixture at Ascot for several years now and Mr [Mark] Casse bringing Tepin over last year made us start to think that it would be possible to come here and be competitive.”

The 6-year-old Long On Value, who runs a week on Saturday in the G1 Diamond Jubilee S., was certainly competitive in his most recent overseas trip to Dubai when beaten just a nose by The Right Man (GB) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint.

“It was frustrating but it was also very rewarding to take him across the world and compete with an international field,” Mott commented. “The fact that he was able to compete with that quality of horse gave us the confidence to come here. He’s settled in extremely well and we were very pleased with his first gallop today–so far, so good.”

Alongside his temporary stablemate American Patriot, Long On Value sauntered out to Newmarket’s famous Limekilns gallop–a vast expanse of turf which would almost certainly be unlike anything either horse has encountered before. Both appeared unfazed by the openness of the heath, with the Todd Pletcher-trained American Patriot cantering just less than a mile and being followed up the turf at a distance by the sprinter.

Ginny DePasquale is in town representing Pletcher, who won the GI Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland with the 4-year-old he has brought to the UK ahead of taking two legs of the American Triple Crown with Always Dreaming (Bodemeister) and Tapwrit (Tapit).

“It’s been an amazing six weeks,” said DePasquale. “Obviously we’re hoping for the best next week. Winning at Ascot is very prestigious for any American trainer–it’s the most prestigious race meeting in the world–and it would definitely be a feather in our cap.”

Wesley Ward took his team of nine for a day trip to Ascot racecourse yesterday and those who fear the American trainer’s prolific strike-rate at the meeting will not have been pleased to hear that Ryan Moore–deputising for the injured Frankie Dettori in a piece of work aboard Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy)–was buzzing about the filly’s performance on the track which last year hosted her seven-length demolition job in the G2 Queen Mary S.

“She’s a true champion. She’s a sweetheart to be around but when she gets to the track she puts it all in,” Ward offered, confirming that Lady Aurelia would take aim at Tuesday’s G1 King’s Stand S.

“From yesterday and everything I’ve seen this morning, I’m very happy. Ascot is the focal point of my year’s training. In the winter I don’t even go racing. I’m out at the farm all day long trying to pinpoint which horses I’ll be bringing.”

The unbeaten Bound For Nowhere (The Factor) is also pleasing Ward ahead of the G1 Commonwealth Cup, while Happy Like A Fool (Distorted Humor) will attempt to emulate Lady Aurelia in the Queen Mary,Arawak (Uncle Mo) heads to the G2 Coventry S. and McErin will be aimed at Thursday’s G2 Norfolk S. Completing the juvenile runners are G3 Albany S. entrants and Scat Daddy-sired Princess Peggy andFairyland, while Nootka Sound (Lonhro {Aus}) and Elizabeth Darcy (Ire) (Camacho {GB}) are both in the Listed Windsor Castle S. The latter, a turf winner over five furlongs in May and graduate of last year’s Goffs Orby Sale, will have Luke Barry dusting off his top hat as she was bred in Limerick by his Manister House Stud.

Two American Royal Ascot runners who managed to avoid the media glare on Thursday morning are Miss Temple City (Temple City), who is set to make her third appearance at the meeting, and G1 Coronation S. starter La Coronel (Colonel John). Trained respectively by Graham Motion and Mark Casse, they arrived together on Tuesday and are stabled more than 100 miles from Newmarket in Lambourn.



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I was thinking the same Gay. But I think I have enough at the moment....
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Not sure about horse and rider but the trainer in the opening post is Sir Mark Prescott. I met him a few years ago. One of the most interesting horsemen on the planet. His yard has glass imbedded in the tops of the walls to stop gypsies climbing over to steal his gamecocks.
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Originally posted by ThreeBears ThreeBears wrote:

Not sure about horse and rider but the trainer in the opening post is Sir Mark Prescott. I met him a few years ago. One of the most interesting horsemen on the planet. His yard has glass imbedded in the tops of the walls to stop gypsies climbing over to steal his gamecocks.

True !  I have been there too. 
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I nominate Djebel. Big smile Wink 

Unfortunately I would not be reliable enough.




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Full coverage on STC (528).
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Frankie out for the carnival. Not over an arm injury. Takes a bit of gloss and personality from the carnival.....now stuck with Ryan Moore.....
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Race 1 - Queen Anne  
Ennaadd | Ribchester 

Race 3- King's Stand
Ardhoomey | Priceless

Race 4 - St James' Palace
Churchill | Barney Roy
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Had something small on Kaspersky the place @ $12 , I know the owner and he believes Chapple- hyam that he will run top3 and has flown over .accordingly . Thought he was poorly ridden with big weight last start in a moderate race . Michelle on so no spoil there , but happy to have an interest
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Kaspersky $41/$6.15 fixed, $4.60/$1.20 on the tote.
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In the 1st:
Ribchester
Miss Temple City
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Very elegant dress there Michelle.  Nice photo also.
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T: R A FaheyJ: W Buick
Close up, chased clear leader over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and edged left and right, ran on tchd 6/5
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T: W J HaggasJ: Jim Crowley
In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, stayed on op 6/1
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Close up, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace tchd 11/1
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Held up, headway over 2f out, stayed on final furlong op 40/1
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Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace
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Winners Day 1:
 

2:30pm - The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1)

Winner: Ribchester

3:05pm - The Coventry Stakes (Group 2)

Winner: Rajasinghe

3:40pm - The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1)

Winner: Lady Aurelia

4:20pm - The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1)

Winner: Barney Roy

5:00pm - The Ascot Stakes (Handicap)

Winner: Thomas Hobson

5:35pm - The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)

Winner: Sound and Silence

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Exceed and Excel and Choisir did Australia proud.
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Originally posted by furious furious wrote:

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Great news for our industry, they certainly did furious.
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Good old Choisir.   Still flying the flag for Ozz all these years after showing the big boys how its done Clap
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