Ward moots Acapulco switch to Commonwealth Cup


Acapulco (right): landed the Queen Mary Stakes last season

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Peter Scargill 9:35AM 13 JUN 2016 

ACAPULCO could be switched from Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes to Friday’s Commonwealth Cup with trainer Wesley Ward concerned about taking on Mecca’s Angel on soft ground at Royal Ascot.

A brilliant winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at the meeting last year, Acapulco has been drifting in the betting for the 5f Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes with the going at Ascot good to soft and showers forecast all week.

Having been beaten by Mecca’s Angel on soft ground in the Nunthorpe Stakes last year, Acapulco could instead be rerouted to the Group 1 6f Commonwealth Cup by Ward, who plans to discuss the races with owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.

Speaking shortly after 9am, Ward said: “We’ve got her entered in both and she’s training great. We’ll have to see how everything comes out with the ground which is a great concern.

“I’ll talk it over with everyone at Coolmore, but we were beaten last year at York on the soft ground by a tremendous filly who looks the overwhelming favourite now the ground has turned against us. We’ll take that into consideration and see how it works out.”

More rain at Ascot

Acapulco is among a strong team Ward has sent across for Royal Ascot, but the ground is causing the trainer concern.

“I’ve got a good group and I’m very excited,” he told At The Races. “The big concern is the ground and as I stand here at Ascot at the moment it’s raining, so that’s not good.

“It would definitely be detrimental to my horses; they’re fast and like a firm footing. They are not used to ground with give in it so if the forecast calls for more rain like it is now then I might be in trouble.”

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