Princess Zoe could start her 2021 campaign in The Alleged Stakes at The Curragh in April.
Coach Tony Mullins is considering dropping his Group 1 winning stayer to a mile and a quarter because he believes she doesn’t need extreme distances to do her best.
Princess Zoe made remarkable progress last year, winning five races in a row culminating in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran over two and a half miles at ParisLongchamp – twice the distance of the Alleged Stakes.
However, Mullins is keen to see how she performs at medium range.
“We are looking at the alleged issues,” Gowran’s trainer said in an interview posted to his Twitter account.
“It’s only a mile and a quarter. I don’t know if that’s a winnable distance for her at this level, but we’ll give it a try.
“I’ve always been adamant that she’s as good at a mile and a half as at two and a half – so we’ll try to prove it. If we’re wrong we’ll go back and use the races. background., but her work has shown me that she is a filly of the Group a mile and a half – and we intend to prove it to the public. “
Princess Zoe was last seen in October, when her winning run ended in an honorable loss over just under two miles as she tried to double her Group 1 total in the Prix Royal-Oak at ParisLongchamp.
Preparation for the six-year-old gray mare campaign is, however, underway.
“She’s done a lot of slow work on very soft ground and is probably going to go away now,” added Mullins.
“Jim Bolger is very kindly letting us work for her so she can either go or go up the Old Vic to the Curragh and then we’ll decide on the next move after the first job.”