A return to the Breeders’ Cup and a trip to Australia are among the options Highfield Princess is considering next season after wrapping up a memorable campaign at Keeneland on Saturday.
Though it’s hard to believe now, the five-year-old was beaten once at Chelmsford and twice at Wolverhampton in early 2022.
Even after she bounced back on All-Weather Championship Finals Day in Newcastle, few could have imagined her further progress, with Group Two success in the Duke of York Stakes followed by a hat-trick of Group One wins in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the Nunthorpe and the Flying Five Stakes.
She was one of the key hopes for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in Kentucky – and while she had minor honors in fourth place, Quinn is justifiably proud of her achievements.
“She ran a good race, we were happy with her and she came out really well,” said the trainer shortly after returning to Yorkshire on Monday morning. “She has been in training since December of last year getting ready for the All-Weather Final and she has danced every dance across Europe in all the top races.”
Highfield Princess looks set to kick off next season with a defense of her Duke of York crown, with Quinn hoping an extended hiatus will benefit her from international goals around this time next year.
“We’re going to give her a nice break now. We’ll start her campaign in York in May and go from there,” he added. “She’s had a great year and we’re excited to have her stay in training. You can take out the all-weather races, so we’re aiming to have more in the tank for the second half of the year and through to Christmas before they go.” is retiring.
“She could potentially go back to the Breeders’ Cup or there’s The Everest (in Australia) and later there’s Hong Kong, so there’s a few different options.
“With that in mind we want to give her a good holiday, get her back to York and then you have Royal Ascot and the Nunthorpe and the Flying Five again. They are all very hard to win, but the mare could stand a chance in all those if she is on top of her game.
“We are very happy with her and typical of her, she walked out of her heart again on Saturday.”