Australian super mare Winx could still make a trip to England for Royal Ascot in 2018.
With winning a third Cox Plate at Moone Valley the target for 2017, Winx may then be set for a globetrotting trip to Europe and in particular Berkshire the following summer.
Ascot’s Director of Racing and Communications, Nick Smith, has been to Australia this month to meet with owners and trainers of possible Royal Ascot-bound horses and speaking with local media, and he expressed his hope at Winx’s possible Royal Ascot plan.
"I had talks with them a few weeks ago, the owners and Chris Waller, and they were still very excited about the prospect of one day coming to Royal Ascot. However, this year they are very much focused on bringing home a third Cox Plate,” he said.
"And that's understandable, it's a feat in itself to win a great race like that but they've well and truly left the gate open for the following year.
"It's exciting in that we are so used to Australian sprinters coming over and doing well. The racing world knows that sprinting is the Australian niche market and the results show that. But to get a stayer from Australia just adds another dimension to Royal Ascot. The horse's connections are excited and we're excited.
"In all forms of sport we have teams competing against each other from all different countries. We can measure one against the other and that's what we're doing at our meeting in June.
"The crowds are up significantly when we can see the best from England, when we can see the best from America and so it goes on. You try and make it as an international highlight.”