Yankee Rose made history becoming the first filly to win the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes 2016 at Royal Randwick after an impressive performance in the last elite level of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
The $500,000 Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) result was also remarkable for lightweight senior jockey Dean Yendall who finally broke through for his first Group 1 success.
After taking out the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at the Randwick track as a two-year-old, the David Vandyke-trained daughter of All American enjoyed another top level success third-up this season in a perfect tune-up for the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in Melbourne in a fortnight.
She backed-up off a second to Global Glamour, who won Saturday’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield, in last weekend’s Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) and relished the extra metres in the Spring Champion.
For the first time since the race was inaugurated in 1971, Yankee Rose beat home the boys and flew home late showing off her brilliant turn of foot to defeat Swear ($6) and salute for the punters as the well-backed favourite in the three-years-old showdown.
The Spring Champion Stakes trifecta was completed by the James Cummings-trained Champagne Stakes winner Prized Icon ($4) who was narrowly beaten by the runner-up.
Yankee Rose will head to the 2016 Cox Plate on October 22 to take on Australia’s best racehorse Winx in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship.
Check out the updated Cox Plate betting odds for the Moonee Valley feature online now at Ladbrokes.com.au!
2016 Spring Champion Stakes Results
Royal Randwick Racecourse – Saturday October 8, 2016
|1||11||YANKEE ROSE||David Vandyke||Dean Yendall||–||8||54.5kg||$2.20F|
|2||3||SWEAR||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||0.5L||11||56.5kg||$6.50|
|3||1||PRIZED ICON||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||0.6L||4||56.5kg||$6|
|4||2||VELADERO||Chris Waller||Rory Hutchings||1.5L||3||56.5kg||$16|
|5||5||HONEYWINE||John O’Shea||Brenton Avdulla||1.8L||2||56.5kg||$13|
|6||7||TUMULTUOUS||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||4.1L||5||56.5kg||$14|
|7||4||HIGH MIST||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||4.3L||6||56.5kg||$10|
|8||6||RETALIATION||John O’Shea||Tim Clark||4.5L||9||56.5kg||$20|
|9||10||KHARTOUM||Pat Carey||Joshua Parr||8.4L||10||56.5kg||$51|
|10||8||READY FIRE AIM||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Christian Reith||13.1L||1||56.5kg||$101|
|11||9||HAND IT IN||Rodney Ollerton||Chris O’Brien||13.5L||7||56.5kg||$151|