Huge Acapulco is Group 2 Queen
Acapulco’s win in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes was a fifth Royal Ascot success for American trainer Wesley Ward, who has brought his biggest team to date to the meeting this year.
Ward was training the Scat Daddy filly for the Coolmore syndicate.
He said: “Acapulco is a sweetheart, what a lovely filly. She has immense talent and immense speed and really proved it today.
“It is a huge relief to get a winner. You don’t want to come in here and go home with your head held low, so to get a winner early on is amazing.
“Royal Ascot is such an international event that more American trainers will come over, especially the bigger-name trainers who have a lot of the better pedigrees and fast horses that could come over and enjoy such a wonderful meeting.
“If you notice, there are a few newcomers to the meet [this year] and once they come and experience what such a magnificent event it is and get home and spread the word, you’ll see more and more people come over here with a lot of the better horses. The time of the year Ascot is works unbelievably with the Breeders’ Cup so we are able to bring the better horses here, even older horses, different distances, and hopefully get lucky.
“I’m so blessed to have the success that I have had here and to have owners such as Coolmore, and everyone at home that has helped me get the horses to this point. With this particular filly, Keeneland went out of their way to let a two-year-old filly run on grass, which they are really reluctant to do, especially having the Breeders’ Cup there this year. It really opened my eyes, and I want to thank them for letting me see what I had, and then could come over here and get lucky in a race like this.
“I was very disappointed after her first run [she finished third] and I did something very unconventional and breezed her right back in seven days time and it was the most phenomenal breeze I’ve ever had.
“I think she’s got a big future on turf, she’s a beautiful, gorgeous filly and to look at her you’d think she was four.”
Acapulco was ridden by Ryan Moore, who said: “She is a big tough filly who has bags of speed and keeps on finding. Her attitude is fantastic and she will keep on improving. Wesley [Ward] said she is like a four-year-old and she rides like one.
“She has a great attitude and loads of pace.. I wasn’t even that quickly away, but she cruised up and had far too many gears for them.”
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