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Yankee Rose Back In Work

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016

Trainer David Vandyke has revealed that a foot abscess that brought a premature end to Yankee Rose's autumn campaign has resurfaced in the last week, reports racenet. 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. However a foot abscess in the lead-up to the Champagne Stakes forced her to abandon her bid for a juvenile Gr1 double. Yankee Rose, whose primary spring target is the Gr1 WS Cox Plate in October, returned to Vandyke’s new stable on the Sunshine Coast last week but the foot abscess continues to be a concern. "We’re just struggling with a foot abscess which is obviously very frustrating because we had so many problems last preparation with her feet,” Vandyke said. "It’s an abscess in her toe which has made her quite lame and unable to work but she should come right in the next couple of days. Her previous abscess was in her heel.” Vandyke said he will use swimming in substitution for track work to get Yankee Rose fit and ready for the spring. She is expected to open her spring campaign in the Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on 10 September before contesting the Gr1 Flight Stakes (1600m) against her own sex at Randwick on 1 October. She will then go third-up into the Cox Plate (2040m) on 22 October followed by the VRC Oaks (2500m) 12 days later. "That’s the direction we’re headed. She couldn’t have found the line any better than what she has in her four career starts. Her closing sectionals have been outstanding. Everything points to her getting a mile and further,” Vandyke said. "I think the experience I’ve had with European-bred horses like Sir John Hawkwood and Maurus, that need very little work to run over ground, helps me realise what I need to do, or what I don’t need to do to get this filly to a Cox Plate and Oaks."

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Yankee Rose (image: Steve Hart)
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