Wesley Ward has become a part of the furniture at Royal Ascot over recent years, with raiders such as Lady Aurelia flying the flag for America. 

This June could see the return for Lady Aurelia as well as a number of other Ward speed stars to Berkshire and the trainer has been speaking to Racing UK about his hopes

Lady Aurelia

“She ran a good race (on Saturday), and anytime you’re coming off a layoff, you’re always a little vulnerable."

“Last year in this race she was a little more relaxed. Johnny (Velazquez) said that the rider on the longshot (Rogelio Miranda on Brave Daisey) was chirping to his horse and hustling his filly along and that kind of kept Lady Aurelia from being as relaxed as she was last year. I take nothing away from the winner.

“Royal Ascot is what we’re here for.”

Con Te Partiro

“Con Te Partiro has had some compromising trips since winning at Ascot last year. 

"She's going to have one more run and if she proves herself worthy of going back she could run in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes."

Bound For Nowhere

"Bound For Nowhere ran real well last year (finished fourth) and he has had a couple of runs this year.

"I ran him first time up in a small race with no shoes on as I didn't want him to have a hard race and then he won the Shakerstown Stakes impressively.

"I'm really excited about him. He's a gorgeous big horse who I think will be a miler at the end of the year, but being with me he'll go sprinting for now and I'm looking at the Diamond Jubilee for him."

Hemp Hemp Hurray

"He's a nice colt. He was disappointing at the Breeders' Cup, but he's won a stakes race this year and he could be one for either the Commonwealth Cup or the Jersey Stakes."

On his two-year-olds…

"I've won four (juvenile races) so far this year, but they haven't opened up the turf track yet, so they've all been on dirt.

"I've been holding fire with a few of the two-year-olds that will act on the grass, so we'll see how they perform before thinking about Ascot."


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