Acapulco (right): landed the Queen Mary Stakes last season
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Peter Scargill 1:15PM 13 JUN 2016
ACAPULCO will not run in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes but may contest Friday’s Commonwealth Cup, trainer Wesley Ward has announced.
A brilliant winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at the meeting last year, Acapulco had 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 will not tackle a rematch under similar conditions but could be rerouted to the Group 1 6f Commonwealth Cup by Ward.
Ward told the Racing Post: “We’ve decided to pull Acapulco out of the King’s Stand Stakes. It was raining at Ascot this morning and it’s not a surface she really likes so we’re out.”
Sole Power, two-time winner of the King’s Stand, was also withdrawn due to the ground on Monday.
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 earlier 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.”