Romantic Warrior wins the 2023 Cox Plate. (Image: Racing Photos)

Romantic Warrior (middle) winning the 2023 Cox Plate (Image: Racing Photos)

No Romantic return to Melbourne?

A return to Melbourne for the Cox Plate appears unlikely for Romantic Warrior, should trainer Danny Shum get his way.

Following a season where he's won five Group 1 in three different countries, Shum said that he would like to see the outstanding Hong Kong-based galloper stay at Sha Tin for most of next season, although the ultimate decision will be up to owner Peter Lau

"For me I'd prefer to stay in Hong Kong, but I have to listen to the boss," Shum told the South China Morning Post.

"We can stay here in November, then go to the Hong Kong Cup, Gold Cup and QE II Cup again.

"We need to see."

Should Romantic Warrior race abroad again, Japan appears to be the preferred destination for Shum ahead of the options that he has elsewhere, like the Breeders' Cup in the United States and Australia's Spring Racing Carnival.

"The Breeders' Cup is so far away and the quarantine system and CT scans in Australia are very difficult," Shum said.

"We could do the same as last year maybe and run him in the Yasuda Kinen in June - we'll see how he goes. You go straight to Tokyo; the quarantine is in the racecourse.

"It's very easy and the horse is very comfortable there."

Sportsbet has Romantic Warrior as the $5 second favourite for the Cox Plate behind Pride Of Jenni at $4.

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