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Ward leads record American challenge at Royal Ascot

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WireImage  	 The Duchess of Cambridge next to Sophie Countess of Wessex arrive Tuesday at the Ascot Racecourse

I was in the U.S. a couple of weeks ago and couldn't make head nor tail of the form or vibes for the Wesley Ward-trained horses. "We're very happy", said the Malton handler, whose training career began at Manor Farm, Butterwick, before moving to Musley Bank stables in 2005 when his prize money for the year passed £1m for the first time.

Stablemate Toscanini will act as a pacemaker but Fahey is not getting ahead of himself.

King is no stranger to big handicap success at the major Flat meetings, including at Royal Ascot where he had a victor just last season with Primitivo.

Taking place this year from June 20-24, Royal Ascot will feature 19 graded stakes races and nearly £6.6m (€7.5m/$8.4m) in purses. "As technology and markets continue to expand, we're excited to team with Royal Ascot to continue showcasing our sport to bettors around the world". Considering Cox's prowess with sprinters, and this horse is bred for nothing else, the 20/1 just looks too tempting, even accounting for the usual imponderables in a top juvenile race at this time of year.

"It's a lot of hard work by a lot of people and we are very grateful to everybody".

Trainer David Simcock said: "Lightning Spear worked very well last week and it's exciting for everybody".

"That's not to say it won't suit Ribchester, but if we get a bit of pace on better ground, hopefully we'll finish a bit closer".

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I enjoy a challenge and there are different areas of the game where there will be a challenge, so that is just one part of it. Kaino says the tactics aren't exclusive to New Zealand teams.

However, he faces an global challenge with Todd Pletcher's American Patriot and Graham Motion's Miss Temple City both arriving from across the Atlantic to bid for a race won past year by U.S. raider Tepin.

Pletcher's assistant, Ginny DePasquale, said: "He's used to being an underdog".

What I would say is that the Lockinge can often throw up odd results and the race was run to suit Ribchester.

The Richard Fahey-trained four-year-old underlined his credentials with a storming victory in last month's Lockinge and will rightly start favourite to add to last year's Jersey Stakes triumph in the Queen Anne Stakes.

Even though the aforementioned Fahey saddles Forest Ranger in the St James's Palace Stakes against Aidan O'Brien's dual Guineas victor Churchill, Ribchester's result is likely to define Royal Ascot from a Yorkshire perspective.

The final Group One race of the week is the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday, in which Acapulco and Limato are vying for favouritism.

Form horses Brother Bear and De Bruyne Horse set the standard, but Prince Of The Dark has loads of scope for improvement and he more than hinted that he had a good portion of natural ability on his debut.

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