American trainer Wesley Ward admits he couldn’t sleep last night as he was so excited for the future of Ascot winner Create A Dream.
The impressive two-year-old filly (5-1) romped home under Jose Valdiva Jnr to land the Sodexo Conditions Stakes, the opening flat race of the season on the Discover Ascot raceday on Wednesday.
Making her debut in the UK, the American sprinter will now aim for Royal Ascot, although Ward admits he is not sure whether to go for the Queen Mary Stakes or the Albany Stakes.
Sending a horse over to Ascot is always a risk for Ward, however the impressive trainer admits Create A Dream has an exciting future both in the UK and in America.
“Anytime you go to lengths to send a horse for one goal and get it done it’s great, you think you want to get it done and we see the big picture now,” Ward said.
“You think you’re winning but to get it done is brilliant. To win with an unproven horse, it was her first race and beat two of the best two-year-old’s in Europe. They are both wonderful colts. I saw the favourite win at Doncaster so thought we might be up against it and we were an understandable 5-1 shot.
“I could hardly sleep last night thinking about her future.
“When you have a first run against horses who have won convincingly, for her to dig deep it is great, she was listening to the crowd in the final furlong or so and in her next race she will definitely improve.
“She has been racing behind horses at home and we may see that in the Albany, she can go longer and come from behind to use her speed in the final two furlongs, it will be the Queen Mary or Albany for her this year . There are a few races here too which we like including the Breeders Cup.
“I have also got another good filly here, Lady Aurelia, who has good pace. I would only think she will relish the turf and we don’t want them to meet in the same race at Royal Ascot. It is hard enough to get a Royal Ascot winner without putting two against each other.
“Ascot and Keenland are my favourite tracks in the world and I can’t wait to come over this summer.”
You can see Ward’s runners in action at Royal Ascot, with tickets availablehere.