Best bets for Royal Ascot from the travelling Wesley Ward team
As is customary with Royal Ascot in recent times, American trainer Wesley Ward will be bringing over a powerful team with expectations high for further success.
So who are the best bets with Star Sports from his team, as we look ahead to the meeting that is set to take place in just a few weeks time?
2 year olds
There is no doubt the best place to start on the top Royal Ascot bets is with Ward’s two year olds. Each year, he continues to bring top class horses over, who simply look a class above on the day. He targets the Queen Mary with his top fillies and who can forget the towering presence of Acapulco from back in 2015. She looked years older than her rivals and showed that on the track as she showed blistering pace to land the contest from British star, Easton Angel.
However the performance of Lady Aurelia from 2016 will certainly live long in the memory. She put in one of the most stunning performances ever seen on a British racecourse, as she destroyed the field in Frankel like style.
Ward will again be bringing over a stellar team, which is believed to be in the region of five or six for the two-year-old contests. He has struggled to get a lot of work out of them thus far on the turf, so no horses are 100% as of yet.
Ward has had a lot of winners recently, such as Stillwater Cove and Mucho Amor – so if these were brought over, they would certainly have to be noted if you were to have a bet at this year’s Royal Ascot.
Bound For Nowhere
The 4-year-old, Bound For Nowhere, was brought over to the 2017 meeting, having won his first two starts over in the States impressively, by over four lengths on each occasion. He was pitched in against the top British sprinters – the likes of Champion Harry Angel, and eventual winner Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup. He travelled well through out and was only beaten by just over 4 lengths in the end, showing the ability the horse possesses.
Bound will again be a key member of the team heading over, and having had several prep runs, he is likely to run a massive race. His most likely target is the Diamond Jubilee, in which Star Sports make the horse 16/1 to triumph behind market leader and previous conqueror Harry Angel, who looks to be better than ever following his impressive comeback.
The final horse who is likely to be a leading chance for the team, and who is well worth a bet at Royal Ascot, is superstar Lady Aurelia. She is a two-time winner at this meet, who on both occasions has put in a jaw dropping performance. Firstly her breath taking seven-length victory in the Queen Mary followed by her stunning King’s Stand success from last year.
This victory is still fresh in the memory, which clearly stamps her down as one of the top Royal Ascot bets going in for punters. She certainly saves her best for the track, which is a huge positive and she can be backed at 3/1 to follow up in the King’s Stand Stakes with Star Sports. However the mighty Battaash is also set to head to the race in what is possibly the most eagerly anticipated clash of the 2018 Royal Ascot meeting.