Wesley Ward is eager to let the mud decide on Golden Pal’s nightmare journey to Royal Ascot earlier than contemplating plans for the remainder of the season.
The twin Breeders’ Cup winner was the slim favorite to get the higher of a highly-anticipated worldwide conflict with crack Australian sprinter Nature Strip in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes, however his race was over earlier than it started, with the normally speedy starter fully lacking the break.
Golden Pal was ridden by main American rider Irad Ortiz Jr, who was making his Royal Ascot debut. Ward defined how confusion firstly led to his demise, with the eventual withdrawal of the reluctant to load Mondammej and Khaadem, who unshipped Jamie Spencer, taking part in an enormous half.
“You attempt to deal with every little thing proper right down to the final element after which that occurs,” mentioned the coach.
“I walked the course earlier than racing with Steve Cauthen and Irad, so Steve gave him some perception as properly, and I advised Irad ‘that is totally different from the States’.
“Within the States they’ve handlers for every horse and so they do not allow them to go till they’re all set, however right here they don’t have any gate handlers, so I mentioned to him ‘when the final horse goes in, they kick the gate’.
“Irad understood that, however what he advised me was he regarded behind him and there was the horse that hadn’t loaded (Mondammej) and he regarded throughout and noticed Jamie Spencer sitting on the aspect of the gate.
“So then as he regarded again once more, not realizing that the horse was going to get scratched, he may nonetheless see Jamie standing off his horse (Khaadem), so once they kicked the gate Jamie Spencer’s horse went with out Jamie and our man was considering that the starter was going to attend till Jamie bought again on his horse.”
Ward studies Golden Pal to be none the more serious for the expertise, however whether or not he returns to Britain for the Nunthorpe at York in August – through which he disillusioned final summer time – stays to be seen.
Ward added: “He got here out of it good, there have been no issues in any respect bodily, however we’ll get him dwelling this week and begin transferring ahead once more and see the place we’re at and the place he is at.
“We’ll see how he’s typically and see how his works are and we’ll simply must make one other plan. It should depend upon him.
“The Breeders’ Cup is true there on our dwelling monitor (Keeneland), so hopefully he’ll be there.”