Happy Like A Fool has been delighting trainer Wesley Ward in her work for the Group 3 Bombay Sapphire Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday.
The juvenile daughter of Distorted Humor was tagged as the American banker of the week at the Royal Ascot meeting, but despite Ward having two other winners, she had no answer to Clive Cox’s Heartache in the Queen Mary Stakes.
Stabled in Newmarket since, Ward has been sent videos of her gallops and has been impressed.
“She was beaten fair and square at Ascot, there was no excuse. I expected her to win, but you have to check yourself and remember it’s Royal Ascot,” said Ward.
“She’s been working in Newmarket with Elizabeth Darcy and manhandling her. I’ve seen the videos and she just sits in behind and cruises on by.
“Elizabeth Darcy is a good filly and has finished second in a Group Three in France since Ascot. I know if Happy Like A Fool is doing that to her, we’re in good shape for Goodwood.”
Happy Like A Fool was supposed to be ridden in the five furlong sprint by American Mike Smith, but with injury intervening, Ryan Moore takes over with Donnacha O’Brien riding Battle Of Jericho.
Bred by Ward, Happy Like A Fool is owned by Merriebelle Stable and the Coolmore partners. The Molecomb will be her third career start, adding to a maiden win at Keeneland and her runner-up effort in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
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