Trainer David Vandyke has revealed that Yankee Rose’s Spring Carnival plans hinge on how she performs in Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick.
Yankee Rose was the standout filly of her two-year-old crop through the recent Autumn Carnival, but the now three-year-old is yet to return to winning form through two Spring Carnival starts; albeit both were run at Group 1 level.
Vandyke conceded that the All American filly has not hit the line as well in spring as she did during her standout autumn preparation, but told AAP she will still be on track for the Cox Plate if she wins the Spring Champion Stakes 2016.
“If she wins on Saturday we go to the Cox Plate,” Vandyke said.
“If she gets beaten we’ll reassess but if she runs a good race she’ll probably go to the (Group 2 Moonee Valley) Vase.”
“She wasn’t as strong past the line last Saturday as she was in the Sires’ or the Golden Slipper.
“Her sire All American never won past a mile but whether she’s a 2000 metre-plus horse or not I’m unsure.
“It’s only early days and I’ll certainly keep a close eye on her, see how she gallops on Wednesday and how she recovers from that. If I’ve got any doubt we won’t run. If I’m confident she’s in good shape we’ll go round.”
Purchased for only $10,000, Yankee Rose made an impressive debut to racing when beating a talented field to the line in the Lightbridge Plate (1200m) in late spring last year, and returned to the paddock after repeating the dose in the Golden Gift (1200m).
Given little chance of success in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) first-up this year, Yankee Rose mustered a particularly slick turn of foot to finish second behind Capitalist.
Having returned to the paddock after breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 ATC Sire’s Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships, Yankee Rose has so-far finished sixth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and second in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) this time in.
The 2016 Spring Champion Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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