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Yankee Rose Bidding To Create History
Trainer David Vandyke is relying on the class of Yankee Rose to create history as she takes on some quality males in tomorrow's Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick, reports racingnsw.com.au. No filly has ever won the three-year-old Spring Champion Stakes since its inaugural running in 1971, with First Seal the best performed of the fairer sex when runner-up to race record-holder and current Spendthrift Australia stallion Hampton Court two years ago. However, Vandyke believes Yankee Rose's fast-finishing second to Global Glamour in last weekend's Gr1 Flight Stakes over 1600 metres has her primed for the testing 2000 metres at her third start this preparation. "That run has brought her right to her top, but over the years I've always kept an open mind when they get out to 2000 metres; it is always a concern at this level," Vandyke said. "But in saying that, the colts are in the same situation with no guarantees at 2000 metres the first time either. Our filly's class at Group 1 up to 1400 metres means we are in a good space." He added: "She's the highest-rated horse off the Sires' and Slipper, and she has backed up really well after a strong run at 1600 metres in the Flight Stakes. She also gets a weight advantage against the colts....She's as good as we can get her for the occasion." The aptly named Yankee Rose (by All American) stamped herself as one of the best juvenile fillies in Australia last season courtesy of her second placing behind Capitalist in the Gr1 Golden Slipper and her brilliant win in the Gr1 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m).