Big sprint options for Highfield Princess but Home Affairs retired

Wed 22 Jun 2022

John Quinn will give his mare Highfield Princess options over a variety of sprinting trips following her gallant run in defeat in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Having won the 1895 Duke of York Stakes after triumphing on All-Weather Finals day over seven furlongs, Quinn is now considering dropping the five-year-old down to the minimum distance for the Nunthorpe in August.

Highfield Princess is also in contention for the July Cup and the Prix Maurice de Gheest but wherever she goes next, the Malton handler would like sufficient ease in the ground.

“She’s absolutely fine, she ran very well,” said Quinn of his charge, who was only beaten a length and a half into sixth place on Saturday.

“I was getting excited a furlong out, I was very pleased with her.

“We wouldn’t mind a drop of rain wherever she goes next. I wouldn’t like to run her on ground too quick.

“She’s in the July Cup, we’ve put her in the Nunthorpe as she’s got quicker, she’s in the Maurice de Gheest.

“She’s definitely got quicker, undoubtedly, so we’re really pleased with her.”

Quinn only sent one other horse to Ascot with Mr Wagyu another to perform with credit when finishing fourth in the Wokingham.

“He’s in the Scurry in Ireland in about three weeks, he’ll probably go there and on to the Stewards’ Cup from there,” said Quinn.

Meanwhile, Australian sprinter Home Affairs has been retired to stud after connections revealed he “wasn’t 100 per cent sound” after his unplaced Royal Ascot run.

Trained by Chris Waller, Home Affairs had been a short price to emulate his King’s Stand-winning stablemate Nature Strip when he lined up in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes.

However, the son of I Am Invincible finished 20th of 24 runners in the Group One and will now retire to Coolmore’s Australian breeding operation as a dual Group One winner having won the Coolmore Stud Stakes last year and beaten Nature Strip in this year’s Lightning.

“Home Affairs has been retired from racing and will come straight to Coolmore from quarantine following his return to Australia,” said Coolmore’s principal Tom Magnier.

“He wasn’t 100 per cent sound after the race on Saturday which may explain his disappointing effort. It was a great shame he didn’t give his true running as the form he showed in both of his Group One wins would have entitled him to win.

“Nature Strip was further proof if any was needed of the calibre of the Australian sprinters vis-a-vis the rest of the world.”

Waller was full of praise for his former inmate, adding: “Home Affairs is a fantastic looking individual and was a joy to train. He had everything we look for in a racehorse.”

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