No com­mit­ment on Winx at Royal As­cot

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

WINX set a world record of Group One vic­to­ries by win­ning a third con­sec­u­tive re­newal of the Ge­orge Ry­der Stakes — but trainer Chris Waller has yet to com­mit to a run at Royal As­cot.

The ex­tra­or­di­nary mare claimed a 24th tri­umph on the spin, and a 17 th top-level suc­cess, with a three-quar­ter­sof-a-length de­feat of Happy Clap­per in the big race at Rose­hill.

As­cot of­fi­cials are keen to see Winx head to Bri­tain for the Queen Anne Stakes at the Royal meet­ing. But Waller told Sky Thor­ough­bred Cen­tral: “To be fair to the own­ers, we haven’t even dis­cussed it.

“We know when it (Royal As­cot) is, and where the races are in Europe. This was very im­por­tant, to come back and be fairly dom­i­nant.

“And in three weeks’ time, there’s the Queen El­iz­a­beth, the sig­na­ture Syd­ney race, which we were never re­ally go­ing to miss un­less we were go­ing to cam­paign (with sev­eral runs) in Europe.

“So we have to talk about com­ing back, if she went to Europe, and race in a fourth Cox Plate — she can only re­ally go there for one run, pos­si­bly two. But we’ve got to put all the cards on the table, talk to the own­ers, check on the horse is most im­por­tant, and we’ll let you all know.

“Her ca­reer has never been hid­den — we do re­spect ev­ery­body that fol­lows her.”

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