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American sprinter heading to Australia

Leading American trainer Wesley Ward has confirmed Australia and The Everest is his immediate plan for Diamond Jubilee Stakes third placegetter Bound For Nowhere.

Ward, who is based at Keeneland in Kentucky, told Racing.com that the lightly raced but well-travelled colt returned home to Lexington after running a big race behind Merchant Navy in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and is now in quarantine preparing for a journey to Sydney.

When it comes to gaining a start in The Everest, Ward says he's been in negotiations with slot holders and his fate will depend on the outcome of Saturday's Group 1 Darley July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket.

"The Everest is the plan now, it works right in line with what I'd like to do,” he said.

"We've been in negotiations with slot holders.

"We've spoken to Coolmore, but that will likely depend on Saturday's July Cup and how the Aiden O'Brien trained horses run there."

Ward confirmed Bound For Nowhere has been booked to fly to Australia on July 19 - on the same flight as stallion American Pharoah - and will be based with champion Randwick-based trainer Gai Waterhouse once he is out of quarantine.

"He flies over with the stallions and once he's there and gets out, he'll stay with a great friend of mine in Gai Waterhouse," he said.

"He came home and had a little bit of a break and is now in quarantine at Ashford in Lexington.

"It's very exciting [to be coming to Australia] that's my style of training and I do my best with turf sprinters.

"Bound For Nowhere is a nice colt and he's at the top of his game.

"He ran a big race at Ascot and could have won potentially, he was left out there hanging on the far side and everyone else was on the near side.

"He had to make his way over to pack and was only narrowly beaten.

"He's lightly raced and he's mine, and he ran a very credible race against best in world in the Diamond Jubilee.

"I wouldn't go unless he was going to have a big chance and I think he does."
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