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Australia’s darling of the turf Winx will do her future racing on home turf after a trip to England to race at Royal Ascot has been vetoed by her connections.
Winx’s owners had been contemplating taking the glamour mare to Royal Ascot to perform on the world stage and run in the Group 1 £600,000 The Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) in June.
Trainer Chris Waller along with her owners and regular rider Hugh Bowman came to the agreement that Winx had nothing more to prove in terms of achievements and would continue her 2018 Autumn Carnival campaign when she lines up in the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on day two of The Championships on April 14.
Waller will then give Winx a short ease up before preparing her for the 2018 Spring Carnival and possibly a fourth straight win in the Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 27.
“Following lengthy discussions between the owners, Hugh Bowman and I, it has been decided that Winx will remain in Australia following the Queen Elizabeth Stakes held on April 14 at Royal Randwick and not embark on an international campaign.”
“It is out plan to continue to race her into the Spring and hopefully Australia can play host to international visitors during our carnival,” Waller wrote in his press release on Twitter.
“She has won on tracks rated from fast to heavy and over distances ranging from 1100m to 2200m, she has taken on all comers and won under Group 1 handicap, set weight and penalty and weight for age conditions. Winx has nothing more to prove to anyone, she is and always will be regarded as a legend of the turf and it is champions like her that make up the fabric of this great sport.”
Winx created history during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival when she won a third consecutive Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley which equalled the legendary Kingston Town’s record of three straight wins in 1980, 1981 and 1982, in ‘The Weight For Age Championship of Australasia.
Winx will be looking for back to back wins in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes after defeating Hartnell last year and the champion mare will also be trying to complete her twenty-fifth win in succession.
At her latest start at Rosehill last Saturday, the world class mare was able to claim her twenty-fourth straight win with her third victory in the Group 1 $1m The Agency George Ryder Stakes (1500m) which took her overall wins to twenty-eight which includes seventeen at Group 1 level.
Winx is currently the $1.20 favourite in the futures 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au and also heads the 2018 Ladbrokes Cox Plate market order at $1.70.
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