Globetrotting American trainer Wesley Ward says that The Everest is on the radar for his untapped sprinter Bound For Nowhere.
Ward, who also trains star filly Lady Aurelia, told Sky Sports Radio that Lady Aurelia is likely to get her shot at the $10 million Randwick feature as a four-year-old in 2018.
“(Bound For Nowhere) is a horse that I own myself. He is a beautiful horse – a different type of horse than she is. A bigger, more imposing horse. She is a smaller filly but very compact. He is going to keep improving and has been her work mate for the past two months. He is very talented,” Ward said.
The three-year-old colt finished fourth in the Group One Commonwealth Cup behind Caravaggio over the Royal Ascot carnival but had genuine excuses according to Ward.
“(Jockey) David Flores, who replaced Frankie (Dettori) when Frankie got injured, told me that he should have been closer in the race. He told me he broke sharp and could have been in front but my instructions were to follow the speed which he did, but he really had to anchor him back said that when he went to make his move Caravaggio hindered him. He had to check and wait and when he finally got out he was coming.”
“That being only his third start in his life and his only start outside of Kentucky really gave me high hopes for him. I think he’s got a big, big future. I plan on going back to France for a Group One (on August 6) and if he has a good showing there, I’d love to go (to The Everest).”
Meanwhile, Lady Aurelia is back at her Keeneland base and will have a few weeks off before tackling the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on August 25. It’s Ward’s preference to keep the daughter of Scat Daddy to 1000m for her next two runs which includes the Breeders Cup Sprint at Del Mar in early November.
“I think she is most effective at (1000m). She is a great horse and certainly she can go six furlongs (1200m) but I just think this year we just centre around what she does best and then hopefully we can get through the year with a couple more wins and next year we can go over and try (The Everest),” Ward said.
“She is such a young filly and has been a lot of different places already. If we give her the time off again, as a four-year-old she’ll be bigger and stronger and hopefully faster and we can go down there and do that.
“Ultimately that decision goes with the owners but this filly is just three. It’s certainly something I’d love to do but next year as a four-year-old is what I would like.”