Caulfield-based trainer Stuart Webb has admitted an autumn return for his triple Group 1 winner Yosei is looking very unlikely but that she was being prepared for an assault on the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival in Queensland later in the year.
The now five-year-old daughter of Invincible Spirit has won just four of her 32 career starts so far but three of those were at elite level including her most recent victory in the 2011 Tattersall’s Tiara.
The $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 22 could again be on the agenda for Yosei who bypassed last year’s Queensland Festival of Racing.
While it has been a long time between drinks for Yosei her runs during the spring last prep were far from a disgrace.
Highlights of her most recent racing season included her close third to Solzhenitsyn in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) when beaten under a length, and her fourth to Happy Trails in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes over the Flemington mile.
“She didn’t win a race last campaign but still raced very well in top company and earned good prizemoney,” Webb said.
Back in light work now Yosie travelled to Perth at the end of the spring but failed when running 13th (of 16) behind Mr Moet in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot when beaten 5.5 lengths.
Plans will be to go to Brisbane and not the breeding barn, Webb and connections knowing just how hard it will be to find another horse as good as her.
“She’s had a good break after Perth and we’ll get her ready for Queensland,” he said.
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