TRAINER Chris Waller has announced that super mare Winx will have her next start in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Waller released a statement this morning to end speculation about Winx's immediate spring race program and confirmed plans to send Winx to Melbourne for the Turnbull Stakes on October 7.
"I am extremely pleased with the way Winx has pulled up following her win in the George Main Stakes on Saturday,'' Waller said.
"I could not be happier with her recovery since the run and she continues to maintain her weight approximately 10kg heavier than what she was when winning the 2016 Cox Plate.
"All bodes well heading towards the 2017 Ladbrokes Cox Plate and after giving careful consideration to her current racing campaign it is likely her next run will be at Flemington on October 7 in the Turnbull Stakes.
"The sole reason for running here as the most likely option is simply based on the timing of the current program which will provide her with three weeks between runs from the George Main to the Turnbull and another three weeks into the Cox Plate for her fifth run of the campaign.
"Whilst this is her intended path, if she was not to run in the Turnbull it would be my intentions to run in the Craven Plate on October 14 at Royal Randwick before heading to Melbourne in preparation for the Cox Plate.''
Waller also confirmed he will remove the ear muffs from Winx's race day gear for her next start.
Winx is being set for an unprecedented third successive Cox Plate but Waller also took the opportunity to reveal plans for the great mare next year including a likely overseas campaign.
"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 2018,'' Waller said.
"During her 20 race winning streak, she has raced on two occasions in Brisbane, three occasions in Melbourne and 15 times in Sydney but obviously internationally racing possesses a great deal of appeal.
"Providing she is well she will either run during The Championships in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes 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.'''
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