Trainer of Mince, Roger Charlton, has all but ruled out his horse heading to Royal Ascot this year after a disappointing display in her last run.
The four-year-old was odds-on favourite for a clash in Windsor, but only managed to finish in third, which means it is no win from her first two races of the year.
There is no doubt she has a lot of quality, but Charlton clearly doesn’t want to test her too much at this stage and will skip Ascot.
The trainer told his website: “She got the perfect lead but in the last two furlongs she was not able to produce any extra.
“She is unlikely to run at Royal Ascot and we will give her plenty of time before making a decision where or when she will run next.”
In truth, this might be a smart move from Charlton as a trip to Ascot might be a little but too tough for the filly and she clearly isn’t in the best of form.
What she needs is a few more runs to get some confidence back and once she is running at her best, there is no doubt Mince can challenge for some big races.
She holds an entry for a race at Newmarket next week and horse racing betting experts are sure to still have a punt on her winning, should she run.
Charlton is an experienced trainer that doesn’t make too many rash decisions and his treatment of the filly seems to be perfect right now.
At just four-years-old, he knows the horse has a bright future and that there is no need to rush anything. With the right care, treatment and of course form, we could see Mince taking part in some big encounters later on in the year.
For now though, it is all about working out why things haven’t got all that well.