Ward: Dettori is ‘half-dazed after bumping head’ Campanelle

After a frustrating afternoon in France, Wesley Ward returned to America and will be looking at future Campanelle plans.

Kodiac’s daughter completed the Royal Ascot–Deauville double. She also won the Queen Mary Stakes and was followed by a Group One victory against the Prix Morny boys.

Campanelle won the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot in the stewards’ room. She returned to Deauville this year for the Prix Maurice de Gheest. But her race was almost over – she reacted when the gates opened, and hit jockey Frankie Dettori in his face.

Campanelle quickly recovered the lost ground, but was unable to make it up enough to be the last 12 runners.

Ward stated, “When you are beaten square and fair it’s easy to accept it. But it can be a bit difficult when it turns out that things did not work out as they should.”

Frankie clearly bumped his head, and stated that it caused him to be half-dazed during the first race. He was able to continue and he seemed fine, and it is good that the filly appears okay.”

Frankie Dettori with the Commonwealth Cup trophy after victory at Royal Ascot
Dettori with the Commonwealth Cup trophy after victory on Campanelle at Royal Ascot

Washington-born Trainer admits that he was confident before the race, when Campanelle’s stablemate Twilight Gleaming (runner-up at the Queen Mary in May) claimed Listed honours at Deauville.

Dettori was concerned that his mount was upset prior to Sunday’s feature. French rules meant she wasn’t accompanied by a pony at the start, as in America.

Ward said, “The other filly who travelled with her won that day” and noted that they had the same timeframe (having not run since Royal Ascot), so Ward expressed his excitement.

American horses have a tendency to go to the beginning with a pony, and this helps them settle. France doesn’t permit ponies, which is quite sad.

She was only two years old when she won the Morny, but now it is a lot more challenging.

“She got out of it very well. So we will meet with the owners to make a plan for what we are going to do.

Twilight Gleaming will be ready for the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf sprint, which Ward won last year with her speedy Golden Pal.

Ward stated, “She will head home with Campanelle. We’ll then get ready for the Sprint against the Boys at the Breeders Cup.”

Publiated at Mon, 9 Aug 2021 16:40:38 +0000

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