Australian wonder-mare Winx, the subject of much speculation about a possible trip to Royal Ascot, will remain in Australia after the horses connections decided not to embark on an International campaign.
The mares trainer Chris Waller said in a statement, “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 14th at Royal Randwick and not embark on an International campaign. It is our plan to continue to race her into the spring and hopefully Australia can play host to International visitors during our carnival. We are humbled by the level of support, respect and compassion that has been afforded by the International representatives looking to attract Winx and congratulate each of them for the professionalism displayed towards us during this process.”
Winx won her most recent Group 1 race in the George Ryder Stakes;
Waller spoke specifically about Royal Ascot, “The Royal Ascot carnival is one of the greatest in the world and would provide Winx the opportunity to be showcased on a global stage. As a group we have all held ambitions to travel horses Internationally and it has been our dream to have a horse race in front of Her Majesty the Queen at Royal Ascot, however this decision is not about us and must be based on the best interests of Winx.”
After collecting 17 Group 1 wins, the 6 year-old will now concentrate on retaining the Queen Elizabeth Stakes she won in 2017 before trying to win the Cox Plate for an unprecedented fourth time later in the year.