Golden Pal: Wesley Ward eyes Nunthorpe at York or Flying Five Stakes at Curragh after Saratoga victory


Golden Pal can be educated for both the Nunthorpe at York or the Flying 5 Stakes on the Curragh following his spectacular return to motion in America.

Narrowly denied by The Lir Jet within the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot final summer time, Wesley Ward’s speedball went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Dash at Keeneland in November – placing a return to the Royal assembly on his potential agenda this summer time.

An early-season setback prevented Golden Pal from lining up within the King’s Stand final month – however having appeared higher than ever in making a profitable comeback within the Grade Three Fast Name Stakes at Saratoga on Thursday, one other journey to Europe is again on.

Requested whether or not he felt Golden Pal could possibly be the most effective horse he has educated, Ward stated: “He is a pair extra issues to do, however I believe he is on target – I am actually excited.

“Yesterday’s race was 5 and a half, and the competitors wasn’t on the similar stage as what he would face within the Nunthorpe, however in the event you shorten that up a sixteenth of a mile (half a furlong), I believe he may run with something I’ve ever educated.

“Over 5 furlongs, he is a killer. He is simply so fast and agile, and mentally he is actually coming round, extra so this yr than final yr.

“He is at all times been capable of run, however now the rider can comprise him – and when he asks for that little burst, only a few horses I’ve had have been in a position to do this.”

Wesley Ward is hoping to win his first Nunthorpe this yr

Ward would like to settle a rating within the Nunthorpe on August 20, having educated each Acapulco and Girl Aurelia to complete second within the Group One characteristic on the Knavesmire.

However the Washington-born coach might but await the Flying 5 if he feels Golden Pal wants an additional couple of weeks to recuperate from his exertions.

He stated: “The Nunthorpe has eluded me, however hopefully we’ll get it carried out this yr!

“We have been having large rainstorms over right here, so there was fairly a little bit of give within the floor yesterday. He dealt with the bottom properly at Ascot final yr as properly, so he is received no points with the bottom being slightly mushy.

“The one challenge could be, whereas he pulled up actually good and sound (after Thursday’s race), we’ll see how his vitality ranges are in his works right here within the subsequent couple of weeks – and whether or not it warrants giving him an additional little bit of time for the Flying 5. A type of two races is what he’ll be in.”

Campanelle and Dragon Symbol in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot
Campanelle left may head to France subsequent after profitable at Royal Ascot following a stewards’ enquiry

One other Ward-trained star being ready for a repeat trans-Atlantic mission is twin Royal Ascot heroine Campanelle.

Winner of the Commonwealth Cup within the stewards’ room final month, the Kodiac filly’s subsequent look is more likely to be in France.

“We’re doing very well along with her,” he stated.

“She had a breeze on the grime for the primary time since I’ve had her final week, and we’re asking the powers that be for a breeze on the grass at Keeneland this week.

“She’s on course for the Maurice de Gheest at Deauville (August 8) and leaves right here on July 31.

“Like Golden Pal, she has no points with softer floor. In actual fact, it may be higher if it rains slightly.”


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