Tuesday 22 March 2016

Wesley Ward Plans to Win Brocklesby Stakes

Wesley Ward is no stranger to two-year-olds with talent but race fans may have been thinking his first juveniles may appear at the royal meeting. However, you don't have to dust down your top hat and tails because he plans to start the new Flat turf season with the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster 2nd April. 

Create A Dream will be his first runner, with a team of five juveniles in Britain. In fact he already has Frankie Dettori booked to ride. The team will be shipped from America to Manton with both Britain and France on the agenda.   

The trainer said on Tuesday: "I am very excited about it. We have a filly that rose to the top of the ranks on grass at Palm Meadows [in Florida]. "I work all my two-year-olds on the turf to see which have Royal Ascot potential. This filly in particular has soared right to the top of the board there."

Ward said he was looking for a variety of early-season two-year-old races to test the water with regard to Royal Ascot. 

He said: 
"I talked with John Sparkman, who is the manager of St Elias Stable and the owner Mrs Viola, and we decided to go ahead with this particular race which kicks off your season," said Ward. "I am very excited to get Frankie aboard and hopefully the luck with us will continue."

Such is Ward's interest in the Brocklesby that his transporter had contacted Doncaster's clerk of course Roderick Duncan asking how early they could bring a horse. 

Duncan said:   "I didn't realise what race it was for but if the Brocklesby is where it's going that is great. We're delighted and we'll see where it goes. It's fantastic for Doncaster."