Stewart outlines Pink plans
Irish owner-breeder Trevor Stewart is considering options in France and Britain for his talented sprinter Tickled Pink.
A four-year-old daughter of Cassandra Go, a Royal Ascot winner for the Irish owner, Tickled Pink has enjoyed a fine season, picking up Group Three sprint prizes at both Newmarket and Sandown.
She was far from disgraced when beaten a little over two lengths into sixth in the Group One Nunthorpe at York last month and Stewart is hoping the filly will enjoy her day in the sun before the season is out.
Stewart said: "She ran well at York. Unfortunately the thunderstorm on the Thursday night didn't help, as the ground went against her.
"She'd also had a couple of hold-ups with a bruised foot before the Nunthorpe, so it was a good run really.
"She has a couple of options. She could go to Longchamp on Sunday week for the Prix du Petit Couvert (September 15), or she could go to Newbury on September 21 for the five-furlong race there (Dubai International Airport World Trophy).
"After that the plan would be the Prix de l'Abbaye if all goes well, but obviously that would be ground dependant."
Given her breeding and excellent form, Tickled Pink is already a valuable commodity as a broodmare.
Stewart, however, has not yet decided whether she will race again in 2014.
He said: "I'm keeping an open mind. It's possible (she could retire), but then she could also stay in training.
"I suppose if she won the Abbaye I might retire her, but she's right up there with the best sprinters and there would be opportunities for her next year.
"With these sprinters there is very little between six or eight of them and it usually comes down to the ground, the draw and a bit of luck."