Reluctant Flyer Winx Turns Down $16 Million U.S. Race
Apparently, Chris Waller, after consulting with the owners first and Winx second, has turned a deaf ear toward overtures from the Yanks to bring his prize racehorse to the U.S. for the inaugural running of the 1800 m Pegasus World Cup at Florida’s Gulfstream Park on January 29.
The Pegasus Cup race will dwarf the Melbourne Cup with $16 million in prize money. Should Winx have been enticed abroad, she would potentially have been up against U.S. Breeders’ Cup winner Arrogate and California Chrome, winner of the first two legs of the U.S. Triple Crown and most recently, the Dubai World Cup.
The race will be held on dirt, which may have played a role in the negative response on Winx’s RSVP, but it seems more a case of Waller recongnising a horse that does not enjoy travel to the extent that a plane ride to the U.S. would necessitate.
He and the owners are also trying to protect the horse’s longevity. They plan to run her just eight times next season, four times in the autumn and four times in the spring.
Her main target for the upcoming campaign will be the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April of 2017 and Sydney’s Randwick racecourse.