With just five weeks until the Royal Meeting, Wesley Ward confirmed his last member of his Royal Ascot team, the five-year-old Big Macher.
Richard Baltas, Big Macher’s previous trainer, referred Wesley Ward to the owners; “The owners want to run him in Royal Ascot and as I'm familiar with going there, so Richard felt it was best I took him on. We'll breeze Big Macher on the grass and see how he takes to it before we decide which race to go for with him."
Last July, Big Macher was the Grade-One winner of the Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar. He will join Ward’s stables, a great team of successors, such as Hootenanny who is returning to Royal Ascot following his win at the Windsor Castle last season.
"We've got Hootenanny for the three-year-old sprint, the Commonwealth Cup. We'll be ready for it. He's a hard horse," he said.
Big Macher has not raced since finishing fifth to Secret Circle in the Golden Shaheen, on Dubai World Cup night at the end of March. However, Ward’s reputation with his great success two years ago with No Nay Never in the Norfolk Stakes, gave Baltas great confidence in handing over the reins.
Another team member is Undrafted, who will be running in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, "Undrafted ran on Kentucky Derby day and is going to go in the Diamond Jubilee on the closing day at Ascot," said Ward.”
Ward has been given a strong second string by the son of Beau Genius, "We've got a nice bunch of two-year-olds coming over and we've got some two-year-olds and we also have a nice colt, Luck Of The Kitten. He could go for the Jersey Stakes.”
The last member of Ward’s Royal Ascot team is the filly, Sunset Glow, who was second in the Albany and in the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Fillies' Turf).
“We'll try to do our best and put up a good showing again."