Highfield Princess ready for a globetrotting return
Highfield Princess trainer John Quinn has ambitious plans for the five-year-old mare with the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the Prix de l’Abbaye and the Breeders’ Cup all on the cards.
The Group 2 winner, who won the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes in May, did not look out of place at Royal Ascot in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes by finishing sixth
A nine-time winner in her career, she also won the all-weather campaign at the start of the year over seven furlongs at Newcastle in the All-Weather Fillies ‘And Mares’ Championships conditions stakes on Good Friday.
She was initially in contention for the July Cup, but having already raced six times in 2022, her trainer decided to skip the competitive Newmarket event to instead focus on other goals later in the year, starting with a trip to Deauville next month.
“We were very happy with her and she is coming out of Ascot very well,” Quinn said.
“We skipped the July Cup because we thought we would give her a small chance to get over Ascot because I prepared her early for the all-weather final which she won, then the Duke of York, then she very well run at Ascot It is therefore a short break halfway through and his next objective will be the Prix Maurice de Gheest (August 7) at Deauville.
“She’s also in the Nunthorpe and then in September there’s the Flying Five at the Curragh and the Haydock Sprint (Sprint Cup) – she could race in one of those and depending on the route she takes us, the ‘Abbaye is also a possibility and we’re definitely coming back from the Breeders’ Cup.
“There’s a five-and-a-half furlong championship race on turf, but there’s also a single seven furlong fillies race on the artificial surface. She’s very good at the corners as she showed in the her victory at Chelmsford and she does not care all the time, as was also shown at Newcastle.She is very versatile.
Quinn also revealed the plan for fourth Wokingham Stakes Mr Wagyu, who is now ranked 100 after two fine efforts lately and will be targeted at all big sprint handicaps in the UK and Ireland for the rest of the season. country.
He said: “He came out of Ascot very well and will go to the Curragh for the Scurry Handicap before the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood and possibly Ayr for the Ayr Gold Cup.”