Speculation is growing with regard to Winx having a trip to Royal Ascot to perform for the Brits.
Those of us with a hate-hate relationship with flying would tell Chris Waller and the rest of the Sydney super mare’s connections to abandon any plans in this regard and tell the British Royals that they can come here for a view of Winx, or watch her on the telly when they are having tea or drinking warm beer.
The Australian obsession with the approval of England is almost admirable were it not for its obsequiousness.
Waller is on record as saying that he would favour taking the best horse he has ever had, in all probability the best he will ever have, to the dreary little island in the Atlantic Ocean under certain conditions.
He says nothing will be decided until after the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes in late March. He seems to be of the mind that the 25-race winning streak of Black Caviar is a top target. She needs to win the Apollo Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, George Ryder and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in her upcoming autumn campaign, but the Queen Elizabeth Stakes could be abandoned if overseas plans come to fruition.
Waller says he will not take her over unless certain parameters are met.
He is talking along the lines of three-length victories in one or more of her autumn races, which to us, almost sounds as though he does not want to go to England, as he could easily, with a gesture, instruct Hugh Bowman to ease once a victory seems assured.
For our part, we say make the British gallopers come over here.
Unless they harbour fears of their thoroughbreds receiving the same sort of welcome the Australian XI gave to the Poms in The Ashes.