Trainer David Vandyke has revealed the 2016 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick will figure as a target for stable star Yankee Rose, when the returns to racing during the forthcoming Spring Racing Carnival.
Yankee Rose was purchased for only $10,000 but has more than stamped herself as one of the standouts of her age group; posting three wins and a close second place finish through four career starts; highlighted by a commanding Group 1 triumph in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Underling the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 10th as her first major target, Vandyke told the Sydney Morning Herald the 2016 Flight Stakes will prove an ideal stepping stone for the All American filly on her way to a potential Cox Plate berth.
“She had about five weeks in the paddock and is holding her condition a bit better than she did previously and she is bit more mature,” Vandyke said.
“It is a matter of how she comes to hand with what we do.
“We will trial her in two weeks on August 2 up here and then again two weeks after that and makes a decision where we start.
“The Golden Rose first-up is an option, as you know we have done that before, but The Run To The Rose could fit into a program if she is ready but we will let her show us that.
“My group 1 focus is the Flight Stakes against her own age and sex to get that Randwick mile she missed out on in the Champagne Stakes.
“She loves Randwick and it looks a great race for her but we are not as structured as we were in the autumn.
“In the autumn we knew what we had to do, whereas this time we have a few more options. She could go to Melbourne but I would prefer to keep her preparation shorter and if she could win the Flight Stakes that could tick off another goal.
“I’m happy with her, so it is letting things unfold from now on. We have a very good filly and it is just a case of getting it right with her.”
Yankee Rose debuted to racing in late spring 2015 for a pair of impressive and dominant wins, but undoubtedly reached a new gear upon resuming this year for a close second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), in what was her only other start prior to the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
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