Waller Declares England Out for Winx Run at Royal Ascot
Chris Waller seldom seeks our counsel when it comes to how to live or how to race, but all the same, we are taking credit for the recent announcement that he will not fly his beautiful mare Winx to Royal Ascot.
We have said all along that she has nothing to prove. Her record of wins, combined with the splits she is posting, proves that beyond any further need for validation.
Waller may be doing that in order to give Winx a chance to win a fourth consecutive Cox Plate in the spring, or he may have other considerations.
As we said, he does not consult us about anything. We have simply been adding our voice to the chorus of those who believe that Australian thoroughbred racing does not need to play the redheadedstepchild to racing in any other part of the world.
In his statement published by The Daily Telegraph, Waller said, “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 … 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.Winx has nothing 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 will make her next appearance in a race on April 14 at Randwick, in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000 m). One of the online bookmaking agencies is listing her at $1.20 and it would seem like a windfall for those with the foresight to bet while the betting is good.
There are already Cox Plate odds on Winx, but she has already shortened from $1.80 to $1.65, with the race almost seven months in the future.
Simple financial considerations might have held sway. The Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June offers $692,000 in prize money, while the Cox Plate has $3 million in the purse.
Well done, Waller, et al.