A Race Too Far For The Princess

On Sunday last, it may have been a case of ‘A Race Too Far’ as the unbeaten run of Princess Zoe came to end in France. It came to an end but she didn’t get beaten without a fight. Bidding for a sixth straight win after taking the Prix Du Cadran on Arc weekend, she managed to get fourth place behind the Mark Johnson trained- Subjectivist.

Mullins said: “She pulled out fine this morning and is in transit as we speak. The people looking after her said she looked a bit tired, which I can believe.

“The way she ran tells me that we’re going to have some action again next year. You might have been worried that what she did in the Cadran was a flash in the pan, but she showed me yesterday that she’s a serious trier and we’ll be at the top table again next summer.

“There’s no doubt the 22-day turnaround was just a step too far. I thought she performed admirably under the circumstances.”

The Tony Mullins-trained mare has enjoyed a meteoric rise since being bought from Germany this year, progressing from a mark of 64 when second on her Irish debut at Navan in June to claim top-level honours in the Prix du Cadran on Arc weekend earlier this month.

Ruling out a jumping career, connections will be looking forward to next season where Mullins added: “She’ll have a holiday now. There is a chance that we could go to Saudi Arabia in February — if we were sure the ground wasn’t going to be firm, that could come onto the table.

“I’d say the Ascot Gold Cup will be a target. I don’t see us having a busy summer, because I want to leave enough petrol there for the likes of the Prix du Cadran and the race yesterday again.

“It’s very early to be making definite plans, but my talk of going for the Arc might be gone off the table for the moment — we’re looking at stamina races.”

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