Yankee Rose overcomes feet problems, heads to Brisbane Winter Carnival

Inglis Sires’ winner Yankee Rose has overcome her feet problems and will head to Queensland for a Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign.

Yankee Rose will head to Queensland for a Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign. Photo by Steve Hart.

Yankee Rose will head to Queensland for a Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign. Photo by Steve Hart.

Yankee Rose was a forced withdrawal from the Group 1 $500,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday after succumbing to minor front feet bruising that arose in the build up to the weekend.

The David Vandyke trained filly had been a raging hot short priced favourite for the Champagne Stakes, the final leg of the Sydney Autumn Carnival’s two year old Triple Crown Series, after scoring a commanding win in the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick on day one of ‘The Championships’ on April 2.

Yankee Rose also ran a mighty race when a first up second to Capitalist in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19.

Vandyke has reported that Yankee Rose has fully recovered and will accompany several other stablemates to Queensland to campaign over the Winter and be a part of his newly established Sunshine Coast stables which will begin operation for the new racing season in August.

“She’s over it, she’s in good shape now and I’m looking forward to getting her up to Brisbane,” Vandyke told Racenet.

“She’ll leave Wednesday and arrive at the Sunshine Coast on Thursday morning.”

“Going up with her will be Astronomos, Maurus, Sir John Hawkwood, Look To The Stars, and Brazen. Those horses will race during the carnival and then I’ll look to move up there permanently by the end of July.”

Vandyke has scheduled in two Winter Carnival outings and Brisbane racegoers will see her first in the Group 2 $250,000 Mitavite BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on May 28.

Then two weeks later Yankee Rose will be trying to claim her second Group 1 win she lines up in the Group 1 $600,000 J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 11.

It will be eight weeks in between runs for Yankee Rose and Vandyke is hoping to tune her up for the Sires’ Produce with a 1200m barrier trial.

“I would like to her trial her before the Sires’, preferably over 1200 metres, but when and where we do that I’m not sure yet,” Vandyke said.

Hong Kong based jockey Zac Purton was aboard Yankee Rose for her Inglis Sires’ win and has been booked to ride her in both the BRC Sires’ Produce and the J.J. Atkins.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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