Wesley Ward will give Lady Pauline an early taste of Ascot in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Trial Conditions Stakes on Wednesday – on what looks set to be a star-studded card.
Ward is synonymous with his raids on the Royal meeting in June, but did bring Create A Dream over to win the corresponding race in 2016 before going on to finish fourth in the Albany Stakes.
Lady Pauline is certainly bred to be good as a half-sister to Lady Aurelia – twice a winner at the Royal meeting for Ward – and she won by almost 10 lengths on her debut over four and a half furlongs.
Ward said on Thursday afternoon: “She’s on her way over right now.
“I expected her to do what she did on her debut, to be honest. Obviously she came into the yard as a half-sister to Lady Aurelia, so you’re expecting something anyway.
“Whereas Lady Aurelia looked a speedball, she actually needed two or three works to really catch on, but this filly, from the first breeze, has been right on it.
“I gave Johnny (Velazquez) the option to come over next week, but said to him he didn’t have to because I could ask Frankie (Dettori) and he was like, ‘oh no, I’m going’ – he didn’t want to let Frankie in the door!”
Ward traditionally brings a strong team and Anna’s Fast will be on the plane after winning at Keeneland recently.
“Her owners had so much fun last year with Shang Shang Shang in the Norfolk that they wanted to get another to go back to Ascot, and in Anna’s Fast it looked like they have,” Ward told Press Association Sport.
“The one who has impressed just as much as Lady Pauline, certainly numbers-wise, is Nayibeth, she looks like she may get further so I’m looking at the Albany for her.
“She exudes class, she’s by an unproven sire in Carpe Diem, but she looks something special.”