The foreign participation at the Royal Ascot this year is generating a lot of buzz and the American contingent itself has more than a dozen horses.
In fact, ace trainer Wesley Ward will be fielding 10 strong contenders for the various prizes. Some of the best international participants at the Royal Ascot to look out for are mentioned below.
They are in no particular order.
#1-Able Friend (Trainer John Moore and Jockey Joao Moreira)
This six-year-old Shamardal gelding is expected to shine in the Queen Anne Stakes.
Bred in Australia, but based out of Hong Kong, Able Friend is one of the best milers in the world today; having won 11 of the 16 races he has participated in this year.
The rapport that his jockey shares with him is exceptionally good and the two make for a winning combination.
#2-Criterion (Trainer David Hayes and Jockey Chad Schofeld)
This four-year-old from Australia is very quick and athletic, unlike many of the race horses from that country.
He does very well under pressure and from the look of things he also likes the turf at Ascot.
He will be taking part in the Prince of Wales’ Race against a line up of exceptionally fast contenders.
#3-Brazen Beau (Trainer Chris Waller and Jockey Craig Williams)
This three-year-old colt is expected to put on a great show at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes since he is very fast and also has a great deal of stamina.
He’s had a very good run in the races leading up to the Ascot and is the 4-1 favourite to win this race.
#4-Cyclogenesis (Trainer George Weaver and Jockey John Velasquez)
Relatively newly added to the US contingent at Ascot, this three-year-old colt has an excellent record in his appearances.
He will be running in the Commonwealth Stakes Turf Sprint, which will be the first time he is taking part in a graded race.
#5-Hootenanny (Trainer Wesley Ward and Jockey Frankie Dettori)
This American horse is expected to do very well in the Commonwealth Cup this year since he is in excellent form and this length is just perfect for him.
He has an excellent record, having won the Windsor Castle the previous season.
While Ward has brought many horses to Ascot this year, this is the one that is getting the most attention.
#6-Spielberg (Trainer Kazuo Fujisawa and Jockey Christophe Soumillon)
Even though he is prone to leg injuries, this horse could very well be the one who helps Japan get its first win at the Ascot.
Spielberg is part of a four-horse contingent from Japan. He starts slightly slower than most other Japanese horses, but he is extremely light and quick on his feet with a peaceful temperament.
He will also be taking part in the Prince of Wales’ Race.
California Chrome, a Kentucky Darby winner, was expected to try his luck in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, but now that he has bruised his foot he might not take part in the race.
Horse owners and trainers are eager to take part in the Ascot races because of the immense exposure they get here and this makes for a lot of excitement for spectators indeed!Purchased by Darley over the summer, this three-year-old shot to the head of the formidable Australian sprint division with a breathtaking victory in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 14.