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Yankee Rose Confirmed For Oaks

Thursday, 27th October 2016

Yankee Rose has been confirmed as a definite runner in next Thursday's Gr1 VRC oaks (2500m) at Flemington. The star 3YO showed why she is widely regarded as the best filly in Australia when running a slashing third behind champion mare Winx and Godolphin's Hartnell in last weekend's Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley. "She's in good shape. I'm really amazed at how she's bounced back off that tough run on Saturday," trainer David Vandyke told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "We can't wait for the Oaks to roll around." After an average start to her preparation which included two disappointing trials, Yankee Rose's abundant class has come to the fore with a first-up third in the Gr1 Flight Stakes, a win in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes, before her third in Australia's most prestigious weight-for-age race. "To see her perform so well, win a Group 1, second in the Group 1 Flight, and third in that amazing field, and to finish right next to the Melbourne Cup favourite Hartnell, it's such a credit to her," Vandyke said. "We're just so proud, irrespective of where she runs in the Oaks."

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Yankee Rose (image: Steve Hart)
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