Yosei proved too good for the others when she won the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm on Saturday after a masterful ride from jockey Michelle Payne.
It was an amazing victory for Payne, who just four months ago broke her neck in a race fall at Caulfield.
“I spent four months on the sidelines after the fall at Caulfield when I fractured the C2 vertebrae in the Blue Diamond Prelude (in February),” Payne said.
It was also the Yosei and Michelle Payne partnership that led to the young filly claiming two Group 1s last year in both the Sires’ Produce Stakes and the Thousand Guineas.
Trainer Stuart Webb was thrilled with the efforts of both Payne and Yosei.
“She worked brilliantly on Tuesday morning and we added blinkers just to sharpen her up a bit for the 1400m,” Webb said.
“Michelle gets on really well with her and I started to think at the home turn that she was going to be in the finish.
“I knew once she did get a clear go she would really hit the line.”
Yosei has been the only horse in Webb’s stable to claim a Group 1 victory for the trainer.
“That’s my third Group I win and they’ve all been with this filly,” Webb said.
“It was a terrific ride from Michelle and everything went to plan.”
However, the trainer admits that he was concerned coming into the home straight.
“I had looked at the speed maps and coming to the turn I thought they were going too hard up front for her,” he said.
Yosei has flourished since suffering knee problems during last year’s spring carnival.
“The filly had to have a knee operation after the spring and she’s put in on the day when it counted,” Webb said.
This was the fourth Group 1 win for jockey Michelle Payne, who has won three of those aboard the three-year-old Yosei.
“I won the (2009) Toorak Handicap on Allez Wonder for Bart (Cummings) but to win three on her is unbelievable,” Payne said.
Payne rode Yosei forward to challenge race favourite Beaded in the final 200 metres of the race.
“The runs just kept coming everywhere in the straight and I was confident she would give me a good finish at the 200m,” Payne said.
“But I could see it was Beaded I was chasing so it was going to be a tough fight.
“I had one or two horses behind me coming to the home turn and the runs just kept opening up.
“It was a dream come true.”
After the race, Payne had nothing but admiration for Yosei.
“She’s an amazing filly,” Payne said.