Lady Aurelia returns to lead Wesley Ward’s assault on Royal Ascot 2017

• American trainer says nine-strong team is strongest he has ever brought
• Ward confirms Frankie Dettori will ride most of his runners next week

The confidence that radiated from Wesley Ward here on Wednesday morning was a match for the sun, beating down from a clear blue sky. Ward, who has sent seven winners to Royal Ascot from his base in America over the past eight seasons, watched nine of his entries for next week’s meeting exercise over four-and-a-half furlongs, and said later that “100%” his team for this year’s Royal meeting is the strongest yet.

“I’m excited,” Ward said. “The weather is always a question and by the forecast it looks that there shouldn’t be any worries. You never know of course, but going into these races I’m more confident than I’ve ever been coming over here.”

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