Inglis Sires’ winner Yankee Rose has drawn nicely at barrier four in Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
The David Vandyke trained Yankee Rose will start an odds on favourite in the Champagne Stakes on the strength of her outstanding win in the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on day one of ‘The Championships’ on April 2.
Jason Collett takes over from Hong Kong based Zac Purton on Yankee Rose who will race without her blinkers this week.
The consistent Prized Icon has drawn just worse than midfield at barrier seven in the eleven horse field with Glyn Schofield taking over from Hugh Bowman who steered the James Cummings trained colt to a two lengths win in the Listed $150,000 TFE Hotels Fernhill Handicap (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday.
Bowman hops on Chimboraa from the David Payne stable and the Congrats colt will jump from gate three.
Kiwi youngster El Sicario, who raced as Sicario in New Zealand, is coming off a last start second in the Group 1 NZ$250,000 Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni on April 2.
Kerrin McEvoy has picked up the ride on El Sicario who has drawn awkwardly at barrier nine.
Faraway Town ran a good race at big odds last start when third to Yankee Rose in the Inglis Sires’ and is certain to find the step up to the 1600m no worries.
Jay Ford sticks with the Matthew Smith trained filly who has drawn barrier eight.
Melbourne trainer Robbie Laing is willing to give last start winner Jaws Of Steel his chance in Group 1 company after the Sharkbite colt scored an impressive win in the $100,000 Mornington Sires’ (1500m) at Mornington on April 2.
Jaws Of Steel has drawn barrier two and Tye Angland takes over from Brad Rawiller in the Champagne Stakes.
The John O’Shea trained Obscura has drawn the inside gate with James McDonald to ride while Crown Him from the Anthony Cummings stable has drawn the outside barrier with Blake Shinn in the saddle.