David Vandyke confident relaxed Yankee Rose is back to her best

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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Nanjing Night Net

David Vandyke has learnt his lesson with Yankee Rose and she will return “to following a back” of another horse and charging to the line in Saturday’s Flight Stakes at Randwick.

It was the racing pattern that saw her beat all but Capitalist in the Golden Slipper and win the Sires Produce Stakes in the autumn. The Golden Rose cured any thought of attempting to dominate over the Randwick mile, even in a small field.

“Even if there were only two in it, she would be following the other one,” Vandyke said. “Zac [Purton] wanted to try leading on her and she was just too keen. The past couple of weeks has been about getting her to relax to let her show her turn of foot.”

Vandyke has taken the blinkers off and feels his filly has grown into her preparation and is confident she can live up to the $1.80 price tag in the group 1.

“She is back to where she was in the autumn. Going into the Golden Rose, I was unsure and hoping she could run a place,” he said.”She is relaxed and doesn’t need the blinkers to focus her any more.

“The barrier trial and work since has made me more confident about where she is and this was the race we targeted from the start of the preparation. We get here with her in great shape.”

Yankee Rose faded to run sixth behind Astern in the Golden Rose but she was only a length from Impending, Divine Prophet and Good Standing, which ran the trifecta in the Stan Fox Stakes last week.

Blake Shinn replaces Purton, who will be riding in Hong Kong on Saturday, on Yankee Rose, his only group 1 ride for the afternoon. He has become part of the Yankee Rose team since the Golden Rose.

“I have been out to Warwick Farm and ridden her in all her gallops and her barrier trial and she just keeps improving,” Shinn said. “She is obviously the class filly of the race, on what she has done as a two-year-old and I think she is ready to get back to that form.

“You look at the Golden Rose run and she raced against her usual pattern and got going a bit hard.

“In her gallops she has relaxed like a filly that is going to enjoy the mile and I’m very confident that she is ready to show her best.” The ultimate racing form guide with free tips, live odds and alerts for all racing.

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