Wesley Ward’s Ascot squad will be led by Kaufymaker.

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Wesley Ward’s Ascot squad will be led by Kaufymaker.

Wesley Ward is excited to be back in the United Kingdom as he prepares another strong team for Royal Ascot next week.

Strike The Tiger, then a little-known American, became the first US-based trainer to land a winner at the showpiece meeting 12 years ago, when he won 33-1 at Windsor Castle. The next day, he ran Jealous Again to victory in the Queen Mary Stakes.

Ward was forced to watch from his headquarters in Kentucky as Campanelle won his fourth Queen Mary and 11th Royal Ascot victory overall under Frankie Dettori last summer due to a coronavirus epidemic.

The sun is shining, and the horses are in great shape, so we’re in good shape right now.

But, thanks to the easing of restrictions, the popular handler will be on track this time – and with the fast ground expected, there’s a good chance he’ll be able to add to his tally.

“The sun is shining, and the horses are in great shape, so we’re in good shape right now,” Ward added.

The trans-Atlantic journey was completed by a team of nine horses, including seven two-year-olds.

Kaufymaker, who will attempt to become Ward’s first winner of the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday, will be the first juvenile in action.

“We’re going to the Coventry with the filly (Kaufymaker), and she’ll probably tell the tale,” Ward continued.

“All of the two-year-olds are training well, but if you lined them all up, she’d be the one in front — that’s running six furlongs, I’m not sure about five.

“I believe Kaufymaker will be a good indicator of how my horses will run. If she wins, we’ll be tough to beat – but if she loses, we might be outclassed!”

Ward detailed the rest of his team’s running and riding plans, with American star Johnny Velazquez set to accompany the majority of them.

“On Tuesday, we have Kaufymaker and Maven in the King’s Stand, and on Wednesday, we have Twilight Gleaming in the Queen,” Ward stated. (This is a brief piece.)

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