Thrilling mare Winx could be set for 2018 European raid
Owner Chris Waller could take unbeaten Australian superstar to Royal Ascot next year
Australian superstar Winx could be poised for a European raid in 2018. Photograph: Mark Evans/Getty
Superstar Australian racemare Winx is under consideration for a European campaign in 2018.
Chris Waller’s pride and joy took her winning tally to 20 races at the weekend when she claimed victory in the George Main Stakes at Randwick.
Winx will now have a prep run before she takes aim at winning the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley for a third consecutive year.
But her trainer has also raised the intriguing possibility of sending her to Europe next year, when she might have Royal Ascot on the agenda.
Waller said in a statement: “To ease speculation on her future beyond 2017, I look forward to the autumn and a possible trip overseas but at this stage no decision on this will be made until after the George Ryder Stakes (in March).
“Providing she is well, she will run during The Championships in the Group One Queen Elizabeth Stakes (April 8th) and look to target a race during the Royal Ascot carnival or be freshened up subsequent to the George Ryder Stakes and be targeted towards a European campaign containing three races over a range of distances.
“Obviously this is a long-term plan and my team and I would much prefer to focus on the current campaign as we head towards such an important time of the Australian racing season.”