Stuart Webb’s triple Group 1 winner Yosei will be out break a nine month drought on Saturday when she takes on a crack field of fellow mares and fillies in the 2012 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens.
One of 15 nominations taken this year for the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), Invincible Spirit four-year-old Yosei hasn’t seen the inside of a winners’ stall since her third elite level victory in the Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm last June.
Her other Group 1 wins came in the 2010 Thousand Guineas over the Caulfield mile and the 2010 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400-metres at Randwick.
Yosei’s most recent preparation was one of much frustration for Webb and connections, her best effort only a seventh to King Mufhasa in the Toorak Handicap in October.
“Her problem was superficial but she is over that now,” Webb said.
She resumed on February 25 at Caulfield when finishing 13th, albeit beaten only three and a half lengths, in a very tight finish for the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) won by Woorim.
Last start Yosei ran four lengths away fifth to Smokin’ Joey in the Listed Super Saturday Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 10, a performance Webb hopes his one-time spruik filly can improve on.
“She was caught three-wide without cover at Flemington with a big weight and it was always going to be an ask against the males,” Webb said.
“She is all set to go (on Saturday).
“If you go through her form, her third-up run is one of her best.”
Webb, who also works as an assistant trainer for Robert Smerdon, played a behind-the-scenes role last Saturday in getting the brilliant Mosheen over the line in the Randwick Guineas and his fingers are crossed Yosei can produce a similarly strong run.
The headline Coolmore Classic hopefuls this year include Grahame Begg’s Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer, the Guy Walter-trained Flight Stakes champ Streama and the in-form local Steps In Time out for her fourth straight for the season.
Along with Secret Admirer and Streama the other Group 1 winners nominated are the Peter Moody-trained King’s Rose and Michael Kent’s reigning Australian Oaks champ Absolutely who may not accept for Saturday.
Coolmore Classic 2012 acceptances will be taken tomorrow with the final field and barrier draw to be published right here at Races.com.au.