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Cox Plate Target For Yankee Rose
Top-class filly Yankee Rose will be aimed at the Gr1 WS Cox Plate in the spring. The aptly named daughter of All American stamped herself as the best juvenile filly in Australia courtesy of her second placing behind Capitalist in the Gr1 Golden Slipper and her brilliant win in the Gr1 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) in the autumn. If Yankee Rose does make it to the Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 22 October, trainer David Vandyke is adamant he wants a strong rider for the weight-for-age showpiece in which his stable star will carry just 47.5kg. "I'd like to get her to the Cox Plate but I don't want a jockey who is wasting to ride her," Vandyke told AAP. "So perhaps if I give them plenty of time, someone might think about it and start getting ready now." Vandyke has mapped out a spring programme for Yankee Rose that is identical to the one followed by former champion filly Samantha Miss in 2008. That year the Kris Lees-trained filly swept all four races of the Princess Series in Sydney before finishing third behind Maldivian in the Cox Plate. "Yankee Rose is still in the spelling paddock but will be coming back in soon," Vandyke added. "The plan is to go through the Princess Series to the Flight Stakes and then to the Cox Plate." Yankee Rose should have no problem stepping up to 2000 metres being out of half-sister to New Zealand Derby winner Redoute's Dancer and hailing from the prolific Classic-producing family of Yorkshire Oaks winner Condessa, Irish Oaks winner Silken Glider and English Oaks winner Godiva.