Champagne Stakes favourite Yankee Rose continues to show improvement from a minor foot injury and trainer David Vandyke can see her lining up in the third leg of the Sydney Autumn Carnival’s two year old Triple Crown at Randwick on Saturday.
An injury cloud lowered of Yankee Rose after she pulled a sore off of her off-fore hoof and she was also getting treatment to the near-fore hoof for some bruising.
Vandyke reported the problem to Racing New South Wales Stewards on Wednesday morning after the filly worked and the Warwick Farm trainer immediately started treating the problem.
Yankee Rose was then inspected by the Racing New South Wales veterinary surgeon Dr Craig Suann who found some lameness in her near-fore hoof.
“There was slight lameness detected in the near-fore foot, however could not elicit any discomfort upon palpitation of the heel,” Dr Suann reported back to the Stewards.
Vandyke said today that Yankee Rose’s hoof injury has responded to treatment and he is very confident that she will be passed fit to run in the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) when Dr Suann inspects her again on Friday morning.
“She was graded a one out of five in terms of lameness after she cooled down yesterday and within four hours of that was a half out of five,” Vandyke said.
“She would be a quarter out of five now and when Racing NSW veterinarian Dr Craig Suann examines her later this morning she should be fine to trot-up.
“She will swim tomorrow morning and I’m confident she’ll be right by Saturday.”
“She’s improved a lot today from yesterday,” Vandyke told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“She’s still not 100 per cent, but I’m thinking tomorrow morning she’ll get the tick of approval from Dr Suann when he comes out to look at her.”
Yankee Rose provided Vandyke with his first Group 1 winner when she ran away to record a two and a half lengths win in the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on day one of ‘The Championships’ on April 2.
That win followed the All American filly’s first up second to Capitalist in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill a fortnight earlier.
Yankee Rose’s price has drifted slightly since she came under an injury cloud but she still remains the odds on favourite for the Champagne Stakes at $1.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Champagne Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $1.50 Yankee Rose, $8 Obscura, $8.50 Prized Icon, $12 Divine Prophet, $16 Faraway Town, $19 Chimboraa, $21 El Sicario, $41 Crown Him, $51 Jaws Off Steel, $71 Pop, $126 North Sky.