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Firmer The Better For Yankee Rose
Trainer David Vandyke is hoping the rain stays away for Yankee Rose's (All American-Condesaar, by Xaar) bid for maiden Gr1 success in Saturday's Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, reports AAP. The daughter of All American resumed with a fast-finishing second to Capitalist in the Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) two weeks ago, and while she has improved, Vandyke says a wet surface would harm her chances in the $1 million juvenile feature. “I’m unsure how my filly will handle it [a wet track],” Vandyke told Sky Sports Radio. "She trialled okay on a soft 6 last preparation but the All Americans generally aren’t known as wet trackers. I’m a little bit nervous if the track doesn’t improve to a six, I think for my girl the firmer the better.” Vandyke said Yankee Rose, a winner of 2 of her 3 starts, had come through her Slipper run in good order. “She’s done surprisingly well,” Vandyke said. “She’s quite a fine little filly and she’s not a great doer, I thought the run would have knocked her around more than it did." He added: "It took her a week to bounce back and start eating well again but the last few days she’s really had a spring in her step.” Yankee Rose is currently the $3.80 TAB equal favourite with Godolphin's Telperion for Saturday's race. Telperion also ran a slashing Sires' trial when finishing powerfully from the rear of the field to claim fourth in the Golden Slipper.