Acapulco: was an impressive winner at Royal Ascot last year
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By Tony McFadden 8:40AM 11 JUN 2016
STAR American sprinter Acapulco is set to take on her elders in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, trainer Wesley Ward revealed on Friday night.
Acapulco also had the six-furlong Commonwealth Cup – which is restricted to three-year-olds – as a potential target, but Ward has decided to run the speedy filly in the King’s Stand, which is contested over the minimum distance of five furlongs.
Acapulco stormed onto the British scene at Royal Ascot last season, blowing her rivals away in the Queen Mary Stakes, and Ward feels she is at her most effective over five furlongs
“Five-eighths [of a mile] is her game, she just won a nice race at Churchill,” Ward told At The Races.
Acapulco is a top price of 8-1 with Coral to win the King’s Stand Stakes and become the seventh non-European-trained winner of the race this century.
Mecca’s Angel, who beat Acapulco in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last year, is the general 5-1 joint-favourite along with Temple Stakes winner Profitable.
Declarations for the King’s Stand Stakes – and the other five contests on the opening day of Royal Ascot – are made on Sunday morning.