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Kimari made a successful start to her three-year-old campaign in a Listed event in April - and with Dettori onside again today rather than in opposition, Ward is anticipating a bold showing (stock photo)

Kimari made a successful start to her three-year-old campaign in a Listed event in April - and with Dettori onside again today rather than in opposition, Ward is anticipating a bold showing (stock photo)

Kimari made a successful start to her three-year-old campaign in a Listed event in April - and with Dettori onside again today rather than in opposition, Ward is anticipating a bold showing (stock photo)

Wesley Ward is confident Kimari can strike Royal Ascot gold at the second attempt, in the Commonwealth Cup.

The popular American trainer was hopeful the speedy filly would provide him with a fourth victory in the Queen Mary a year ago, but she was narrowly denied by the Mark Johnston-trained Raffle Prize - ridden by Ward's regular ally, Frankie Dettori.

Kimari made a successful start to her three-year-old campaign in a Listed event in April - and with Dettori onside again today rather than in opposition, Ward is anticipating a bold showing.

He said: "She might have won at Royal Ascot last year but for Frankie - if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Not all my horses do well from two to three, but she really has. My team tell me she is in really good form. Kieren Fallon has been riding my horses in Newmarket, and out of them all she is his pick for the week.

"It would be fantastic if she can go one better than last year."

Roger Varian is keeping his fingers crossed the unbeaten Pierre Lapin's raw ability can negate his lack of experience.

The son of Cappella Sansevero had a runaway success on his Haydock debut in May last year, and was equally impressive when stepped up to Group Two level for the Mill Reef at Newbury.

"He's got to overcome a little bit of inexperience, but he is a very natural horse," he said.

Belfast Telegraph