With ‘Nothing To Prove To Anyone,” Australian Star Winx Staying Home

Citing the potential risks associated with travel and “seasonal changes her hormones may undertake,” trainer Chris Waller has ruled out any international travel for Australian racing sensation Winx, adding that the winner of 24 consecutive races has “nothing to prove to anyone.”

In a letter posted on his @cwallerracing Twitter account on Wednesday, Waller said, “As her trainer, it is my responsibility to continue to carefully manage her career as it enters the twilight phase and this has seen in depth dialogue between her owners and I as our joint decision was made. … Following lengthy discussions between the owners, (jockey) Hugh Bowman and I, it has been decided that Winx will remain in Australia following the Queen Elizabeth Stakes held on April 14 at Royal Randwick and not embark on an international campaign.”

The full letter from Waller, addressed to the media, reads:

“Thank you for the patience afforded to myself and the owners (Peter Tighe, Debbie Kepitis and Richard Treweeke) of Winx whilst we have deliberated over her immediate racing future and the prospect of traveling to race internationally.

“We have been overwhelmed by the following she has attracted in Australia and across the globe and we understand that her fans all want to see her race in their respective racing jurisdictions. When contemplating a decision on her future there were a diverse range of matters to be considered, from wellbeing risks associated with travel to seasonal changes her hormones may undertake. As her trainer, it is my responsibility to continue to carefully manage her career as it enters the twilight phase and this has seen in depth dialogue between her owners and I as our joint decision was made.

“We all hold enormous appreciation for horse racing across the globe and there are a number of racing jurisdictions hosting world class carnivals that would love to see Winx race. The Royal Ascot carnival is one of the greatest in the world and would provide Winx the opportunity to be showcased on a global stage. As a group we have all held ambitions to travel horses internationally and it has been our dream to have a horse race in front of Her Majesty the Queen at Royal Ascot, however this decision is not about us and must be based on the best interests of Winx.

“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 held on April 14 at Royal Randwick 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. We are humbled by the level of support, respect and compassion that has been offered by the international representatives looking to attract Winx and congratulate each of them for the professionalism displayed towards us during this process.

“Winx is now the winner of 28 races, 24 of those wins at consecutive starts and 17 of those at Group 1 level. She has won on tracks rated from fast to heavy and over distances ranging from 1100m to 2200m, she has taken on all comers and won under Group 1 handicap, set weight and penalty and weight for age conditions. 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.

“I wish to close off by saying thank you to everyone, from the media to my fellow trainers, racehorse owners, jockeys, racing and sport enthusiasts as well as those who have been captured by what Winx has been able to achieve. Winx now holds herself in esteemed company and that is something we are very proud of.”

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