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Chris Waller decides against running Winx with Hugh Bowman suspended

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Chris Waller has decided that Winx will not run in the Apollo Stakes on February 17 after jockey Hugh Bowman failed in his bid to have a suspension overturned.

Instead, Waller will wait until the Chipping Norton Stakes on March 3 when Bowman will be available to ride Australia's greatest horse.

Bowman has been a huge part of the Winx story and Waller said in a statement he put out on Twitter that he would rather give the mare another barrier trial than look for a replacement.

He said: "Following consultation between the owners of Winx and I, the decision has been made for Winx to resume her racing on March 3 in the Group One Chipping Norton over 1600m.

"Hugh Bowman is a very important part of Winx and we feel that we can go straight into the Chipping Norton first up without the need to resume in the Apollo Stakes as we had originally planned.

"She races well fresh and we are well ahead of schedule with her, so I will simply give her a third trial to ensure her fitness levels are high enough to compete at her best in this race.

"Should Hugh have been suspended in the middle or late in the preparation closer to her significant targets we would have opted to use a suitable replacement rider for Winx, however we are in the fortunate position that we can alter her starting point without affecting her main targets this preparation."