Yankee Rose Primed for 2016 Champagne Stakes

April 12th, 2016

David Vandyke has been understandably thrilled with the class displayed by Yankee Rose through her short racing career so far, and is confident the talented filly will only improve over a mile in Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Royal Randwick.

Yankee Rose is primed for a big performance in Saturday's 2016 Champagne Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Yankee Rose is primed for a big performance in Saturday’s 2016 Champagne Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Yankee Rose resumed this time for an impressive second behind Capitalist in the featured Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 19th and clearly relished a step up in distance when savaging the line for success in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

Vandyke told AAP the majority of his time is spent pondering the training and tactics of Yankee Rose and is confident she is ready to post a second win at the highest level in Saturday’s 2016 Champagne Stakes.

“I’m pretty much living Yankee Rose at the moment,” Vandyke said.

“I know her back to front. I’ve got a set routine and model now that has worked in the past.

“Every indication is that she’ll be improved over the mile. Certainly I think that third-up will be her at her best.”

A trip to north to target the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) in early June may figure for the All American filly after the Champagne Stakes, but Vandyke said he is yet to make a decision on whether or not that will occur.

“We’ll pretty much let her tell us what the next step will be,” Vandyke said.

Vandyke will relocate to the Sunshine Coast from his current Warwick Farm base following the Brisbane Winter Carnival, and is thrilled connections have elected to keep Yankee Rose in work with him.

“It really is terrific to have people so raw and new to the industry having this type of experience,” Vandyke said.

“It’s a dream to get a horse like her.

“For the owners to stick with me during my move is fantastic and I can’t thank them enough.”

Purchased for only $20,000, Yankee Rose has already amassed close to $1.5 million in prize money through only four career starts.

Ladbrokes.com.au has installed Yankee Rose as a clear $1.35 favourite in 2016 Champagne Stakes betting markets.