Winning form: Zac Purton rides Yankee Rose to win The Inglis Sires’ at Randwick. Photo: bradleyphotos上海龙凤419m.auDavid Vandyke has never been afraid to break the mould when training Sires Produce Stakes winner Yankee Rose, but heading into the spring he is not locked into certain races on certain days.
Yankee Rose is back in work in Vandyke’s new stable at Caloundra and he is shaping a program for her that includes the Golden Rose, for which is she is second favourite at $7, but focused on the Flight Stakes at Randwick on the October long weekend.
“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 said. “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.
“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.
“She loves Randwick and it looks a great race for her but we are not as structured as we were in the autumn.”
Vandyke almost pulled off a coup in the Golden Slipper, when Yankee Rose first-up beat all but Capitalist, before she was too good in the Sires at The Championships. A hoof problem saw her miss the final leg of the two-year-old triple crown the Champagne Stakes.
“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,” Vandyke said.
“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.”
Capitalist, which won his first trial back at Randwick on Friday, is the $5 Golden Rose favourite at TAB and in coming weeks the rising three-year-old we be rolled out at the barrier trials. Godolphin’s Astern and Telperion, fourth in the Golden Slipper and the Sires runner-up, are next in betting at $11.
Vandyke will look to have a couple of travelling partners to come to Sydney with Yankee Rose, but is waiting to see when handy stayers Maurua, Sir John Hawkwood and Astronomos return.
“They have gone down to spell at Waratah Thoroughbreds farm and a decision has yet to be made about where they’ll go in the spring,” Vandyke said.