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Spring Champion Stakes For Yankee?
David Vandyke says he is considering backing up Yankee Rose in Saturday's Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. The star filly looked a little unlucky when finishing runner-up in last Saturday's Gr1 Flight Stakes (1600m), and Vandyke is hoping the step up to a mile-and-a-quarter will set her up for a tilt at the Cox Plate (2040m) and VRC Oaks (2500m) in Melbourne. "I'll make the decision tomorrow morning [Wednesday] after she has a gallop on the course proper at Warwick Farm. We'll just see how she works...I'll check her recovery, and then we will make a decision about accepting," Vandyke told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "But she is not a definite starter even if I accept. I will be keeping an open mind...she is such a valuable filly." He added: "The Spring Champion looks an ideal race for her; she will be up against her own age, and its at Randwick where she goes terrific having won a Group One race there. I also believe she is now looking for the 2000 metres...so there is a lot to like about running on Saturday." Vandyke has his fingers crossed that Yankee Rose (All American-Condesaar, by Xaar) will appreciate the extra journey of Saturday's feature, but admits it is hard to get a read on his stable star. "I'm hoping that she is improving, but she is a filly that is hard to gauge because she doesn't carry a lot of condition," he said. "The Cox Plate is still on the agenda and I'd also love to see her in the Oaks, but a lot more will be revealed after Saturday. If she can't win or run very well on Saturday then perhaps racing beyond 2000 metres is not her go and we may have to reassess."