The Flight Stakes 2016 is on the agenda for David Vandyke’s Group 1 winning filly Yankee Rose this spring who will also target the Golden Rose Stakes earlier in her Sydney campaign.
Vandyke is confident his impressive young daughter of All American has what it takes to stretch out to a mile and perhaps even further over the coming months, Yankee Rose a winner of three of her four career starts to date.
As a two-year-old her only loss was a brave second when beaten a half-length by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill in March.
She made amends when rounding out her juvenile preparation at Randwick on April 2 during ‘The Championships’, scoring a commanding two and a half-length win in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Her now Sunshine Coast-based trainer Vandyke always had the Sires’ Produce in mind for the rising three-year-old and is hoping he is right again about her potential over even more meters.
Vandyke has big spring ambitions with the $1.5 million earner, who is back in work at his Caloundra stables, whose first new season major will be the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 10.
In the 2016 Golden Rose Yankee Rose could face off in a rematch with her Slipper conqueror Capitalist, who will resume racing in open-age company in the $175,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 6.
“She had about five weeks in the paddock and is holding her condition a bit better than she did previously and she is bit more mature,” Vandyke told The Sydney Morning Herald this week.
“It is a matter of how she comes to hand with what we do.
“We will trial her in two weeks on August 2 up here and then again two weeks after that and makes a decision where we start.
“The Golden Rose first-up is an option, as you know we have done that before, but The Run To The Rose could fit into a program if she is ready but we will let her show us that.”
The $175,000 Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) takes place on August 27 and has produced the past four Golden Rose winners including Hallowed Crown (2014) and Exosphere (2015) who both completed the double.
After the Golden Rose bid Vandyke plans to run Yankee Rose in October’s $500,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) on Epsom Handicap Day ahead of a possible trip south to Melbourne later in the month for a shot at the weight-for-age $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
“My Group 1 focus is the Flight Stakes against her own age and sex to get that Randwick mile she missed out on in the Champagne Stakes [due to a hoof problem],” Vandyke said.
“She loves Randwick and it looks a great race for her but we are not as structured as we were in the autumn.
“In the autumn we knew what we had to do, whereas this time we have a few more options.
“She could go to Melbourne but I would prefer to keep her preparation shorter and if she could win the Flight Stakes that could tick off another goal.
“I’m happy with her, so it is letting things unfold from now on. We have a very good filly and it is just a case of getting it right with her.”
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