Star filly Yankee Rose will begin her ambitious spring campaign in the Group One Golden Rose without a lead-up race.
Runner-up in the Golden Slipper and the winner of the ATC Sires’ Produce, Yankee Rose won a jump-out against two stablemates at the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday without over-exerting herself.
Yankee Rose is noted as not producing her best in trials and jump-outs and lived up to that reputation but trainer David Vandyke’s racing manager Alan Thomas said she did as expected.
“David summed the trial up as fair. But that is what you always get from her. She did the same before running second in the Golden Slipper and winning the ATC Sires,” Thomas said.
“She just doesn’t fire away from race day.”
Thomas confirmed Yankee Rose would remain in Queensland until the day before the Group One Golden Rose on September 10.
“Yankee Rose is doing well in Queensland. David doesn’t want to give up three weeks of sunshine for her,” Thomas said.
“She will leave for Sydney on the Thursday before the Rose and arrive at Warwick Farm the next day and then straight into the race,” Thomas said.
Hong Kong-based Australian jockey Zac Purton, who won the Sires’ on Yankee Rose, will ride her in the Golden Rose (1400m) on September 10.
The filly is also entered for the Thousand Guineas and Cox Plate in Melbourne this spring.
She is now the $8 equal favourite alongside Star Turn for the Golden Rose with Slipper winner Capitalist to miss the race to be prepared for the Coolmore Stud Stakes in late October.
In his first race since the Slipper, Capitalist finished fourth in the San Domenico Stakes won by the Hawkes Racing-trained Star turn.
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