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She’s a triple Group 1 winner at a double figure price but Yosei has the right draw to score an upset Doncaster Mile 2012 result at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The Stuart Webb-trained Victorian came up with the inside alley for the $2 million Group 1 BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m), the Invincible Spirit mare out for her fourth elite level title.
Yosei hasn’t seen the inside of a winner’s stall since her third Group 1 victory back in the 2011 Tattersall’s Tiara at Eagle Farm last June, but jockey Michelle Payne believes the stars are aligning for the drought to break this weekend.
For the Tattersall’s win Yosei got the inside run from barrier one.
She also had barrier one when she broke her Group 1 maiden in the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes back in April of 2010.
Payne was aboard for both, as well as the 2010 Thousand Guineas victory from barrier five, and hopes the Doncaster gate is a sign.
“I couldn’t believe it. What are the odds?” Payne said of the Doncaster Mile barrier draw.
“I was rapt. It’s worked twice. Who says it can’t work three times?”
The four-year-old has failed to really challenge in her four runs so far this prep, Yosei’s best result being a close fourth to Ofcourseican in the Coolmore Classic (1500m) two back.
Taking a little away from the barrier one blessing is the fact that Yosei jumped from the inside alley in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes last start but could only manage to finish four and a half lengths away eighth to More Joyous.
She meets More Joyous again in the Doncaster, Gai Waterhouse’s six-time Group 1 champ the current $6.50 co-favourite in the bookmaker.com.au markets along with Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer.
Still Payne like’s Yosei’s chances especially as she drops from 57kg last start to just 52kg on Saturday saying she would just bide her time on Saturday and wait for the right moment to strike.
“I think the key to both her wins from barrier one has been that I didn’t panic,” Payne said.
“You just have to wait and others tend to panic a bit and start making runs and the gaps start appearing.
“She’s so game, she’ll take any gap, even the tiniest gap, that appears.
“She gives me so much confidence.”
How Yosei, a $26 chance in the Doncaster Mile odds at bookmaker.com.au, will handle the Heavy track, however, is questionable.
She has seen one Heavy track in her 23 start career so far when finishing dead last beaten nearly 30 lengths by last year’s Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice in the 2010 Myer Classic.
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