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Ward keen to wait with Aurelia but could still be bound for Everest

Wesley Ward would prefer to wait until next year before testing Lady Aurelia against Australia's best sprinters in their own back yard, but he may yet have a runner in the inaugural running of the world's richest turf race, The Everest.

The 6f sprint, worth A$10 million (£6.18m), will take place at Randwick on October 14 and following her dazzling success in the King's Stand at Royal Ascot, talk inevitably turned to the race for Lady Aurelia.

However, Ward would prefer to keep the filly to five furlongs this year and said in an interview with Sky Racing in Australia on Thursday: "She's got a lot of places to go yet, hopefully she'll be bigger and stronger at four.

"The decision lies with the owners, but the filly's just three. It's something I'd love to do, but maybe as a four-year-old."

Now back in America, Lady Aurelia will be readied for a return to Britain and the Coolmore Nunthorpe, for which she is the odds-on favourite.

"We'll build her up for the Nunthorpe and hopefully she can win again," Ward added. "From there it's a nice break to the Breeders' Cup."

However, Ward may still have a representative for The Everest, with Commonwealth Cup fourth Bound For Nowhere. 

With all the slots purchased for the race, Ward would need to get hold of a berth, but has high hopes for the colt.

"He's a beautiful horse who I think will keep improving," Ward said. "David Flores, who replaced Frankie [Dettori], said he should have been closer in the race.

"He said he broke sharp and could have been in front. My instructions were to take back and follow the speed. When he went to make his move Caravaggio made his and hindered him and when he got out he was coming. I think he's got a big future."

Bound For Nowhere's next start is pencilled in for France, as Ward added: "That was only the third start of his life and gave me high hopes. If he has good showing in the Prix Maurice de Gheest I'd love to go [for the Everest]." 


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