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Posted: 2015-05-13 15:37:00

The five-year-old entire is joining Ward's stable in a move suggested by Big Macher's previous trainer, Richard Baltas.

Baltas felt Ward was the best man for the job, having enjoyed great success with his raids on the big summer meeting, including with the now-retired No Nay Never in the Norfolk Stakes two years ago.

Big Macher, winner of the Grade One Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar last July, has not raced since finishing fifth to Secret Circle in the Golden Shaheen at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night at the end of March.

The son of Beau Genius will give Ward a strong second string to his bow as he plans to run Undrafted in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

"Undrafted ran on Kentucky Derby day and is going to go in the Diamond Jubilee on the closing day at Ascot," said Ward.

"I've another horse called Big Macher. He got left at the gates at Dubai (in the Golden Shaheen). He's trained by a friend of mine, Richard Baltas. He was kind enough to refer me to the owners . The owners want to run him at Royal Ascot and as I'm familiar with going there Richard felt it was best I took him on. We'll breeze Big Macher on the grass and see how he takes to it before we decide which race to go for with him."

Hootenanny, winner of the Windsor Castle last season, heads Ward's team for Ascot.

"We've got Hootenanny for the three-year-old sprint, the Commonwealth Cup. We'll be ready for it. He's a hard horse," he said.

"We've got a nice bunch of two-year-olds coming over and we also have a nice colt, Luck Of The Kitten, who could go for the Jersey Stakes.

"Then I've got a nice filly Sunset Glow, who was second in the Albany and in the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Fillies' Turf). We'll try to do our best and put up a good showing again."

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