Less than two months after her record-equalling third Cox-Plate triumph, Australia’s darling of the turf Winx is back in work at the Chris Waller stable.
But what does 2018 hold in store for Winx?
Waller stated late on Sunday, “She’s back in the stable but I’m not sure yet where she will start off and there is no decision yet whether she goes overseas.”
Despite this claim, all possible roads likely have her first start next campaign being the Group 2 Apollo Stakes in mid-February, a race which she has won for the past two years.
From there she could go down the same path as 2016 and 2017 by tackling the Group 2 Chipping Norton Stakes and the George Ryder Stakes.
An overseas trip to Royal Ascot in June could then be on the cards with Waller letting the media know all her inoculations have been kept up to date. However, she had these last campaign for the always doubtful Japan Cup trip.
The trip to Royal Ascot would almost certainly rule out a fourth tilt at the Cox Plate, an idea which part-owner Peter Tighe admitted at the end of last preparation was rather tempting.
Another attention-grabbing option after Royal Ascot could be the Breeders’ Cup in the US, which returns to Churchill Downs in early November.