Jealous Again streaks away with the 2009 Queen Mary for Wesley WardPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Ward lines up three-strong juvenile squad
AMERICAN trainer Wesley Ward, who stunned Royal Ascot with his double in 2009, is set to have three runners next week, all of them juveniles to be ridden by Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Joel Rosario.
The Keeneland-based trainer, who specialises in two-year-olds, says he is bringing "three guns" to the royal meeting, where his chief hopes rest with maiden winner No Nay Never, set to run in the Norfolk, although he will also be entered for the Coventry as a precaution against an adverse weather forecast.
"Any rain and I'm dead," said Ward. "But he's speedy and he's talented and I would love to go in the Norfolk. He is so exciting - he moves like a cat and he's a sweetheart to ride. I'm very excited about him."
Ward also intends to run Sweet Emma Rose in the Queen Mary and Ogermeister in the Windsor Castle, the races he won in 2009 with Jealous Again and Strike The Tiger. After scoring at Keeneland in April, Sweet Emma Rose was only fourth at Pimlico.
Wesley Ward: three-strong teamPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
"She's a small filly, very, very fast," said Ward. "I sent her up to Pimlico for a stakes race but with Ascot in mind I hadn't trained her hard.
"I didn't want to squeeze the lemon and thought I could get away with it. She was gasping afterwards but she's come back nicely and she did an outstanding breeze the other day.
"Ogermeister is another talented horse and although he's bred for dirt, he's shown a particular affinity for grass," added Ward. "He won the only maiden race of the season so far for two-year-olds in New York."
All three of Ward's team worked on the turf at Keeneland on Sunday.
"There was a little moisture there, a little give in the ground," said Ward. "I'm relieved they all seemed to handle it because it might have been dry for 30 days at Ascot.
"I'm very hopeful. I'm bringing three guns with No Nay Never the number one."