Pre-race favourite Yankee Rose headlines the eleven horse field for the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Yankee Rose will be backing up after running second to the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Global Glamour in the Group 1 $500,000 Sydney Airport Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday.
Victorian jockey Dean Yendall takes over from Blake Shinn and the lightweight will settle Yankee Rose about the middle of field from barrier eight.
Yankee Rose claimed her maiden Group 1 win with victory in the $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on April 2 and Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke is anticipating anther Group 1 win for All American filly so he can confirm a start against the older horses at weight for age in the Group 1 $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.
“If she wins on Saturday we go to the Cox Plate,” Vandyke told AAP.
“If she gets beaten we’ll reassess but if she runs a good race she’ll probably go to the Vase.”
The Group 2 $200,000 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) for the three year olds is run at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
The James Cummings trained Prized Icon is also chasing a second Group 1 trophy after proving to be the best two year old over 1600m when he took out the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 16 at the end of his juvenile season.
Prized Icon ran his best race of his current Spring Carnival campaign with a last start third to Spring Champion Stakes rivals Veladero and Honeywine in the Group 3 $200,000 Schweppes Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill on September 24.
Glyn Schofield takes over from Gloaming Stakes rider Blake Shinn and will jump from barrier four.
Premiership winning trainer Chris Waller is looking to win back to back Spring Champion Stakes with one of his three runners, Veladero, High Mist and Tumultuous, after Vanbrugh took the honours last year.
Rory Hutchings had retained the mount on Veladero after he steered the colt to an all the way win in the Gloaming Stakes.
Veladero has drawn nicely at barrier three and is certain to take up a handy position again while Tumultuous, barrier five with Tye Angland, and High Mist, barrier six with Jason Collett, will settle midfield.
Brenton Avdulla takes the ride on the John O’Shea trained Honeywin who has drawn nicely at barrier two while Tim Clark will be in charge of the reins on stablemate Retaliation who will jump from gate nine with the winkers on.
Team Hawkes’ two runners have drawn contrasting barrier with Ready Fire Aim, with Christian Reith in the saddle drawing the rails while Tommy Berry’s mount Swear came up with the outside gate.
Yankee Rose dominates the market order for the Spring Champion Stakes at $2.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au with Prized Icon the next in the betting at $3.70.
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