Yankee Rose Wins 2016 Sires Produce Stakes

April 2nd, 2016

Yankee Rose stamped confirmed her status as one of the most exciting fillies in the country with a very impressive victory in the 2016 Sires Produce Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon.

Yankee Rose was far too good for her rivals in the Sires Produce Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon. Photo by: Steve Hart

Yankee Rose was far too good for her rivals in the Sires Produce Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon. Photo by: Steve Hart

Yankee Rose produced an outstanding first-up performance to finish second behind Capitalist in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) and she was able to go one better over 1400 metres in the Sires Produce Stakes.

The Sires Produce Stakes victory was the first Group 1 win for trainer David Vandyke and he was clearly delighted to have finally record a maiden race win at the highest level of racing.

“I am still numb and I can’t believe that I have actually won a Group 1,” Vandyke said.

“The Sires Produce Stakes is such a prestigious race and she is just an amazing filly.

“I was very nervous about how she would come through that because sometimes you don’t know how a horse is going to be second-up until they run.

“I was very happy with her this last week, she has done everything right and she was only a kilo lighter than she was going into the Slipper.

“I was confident that she would run a good race.

The support of my clients, my staff, those around me and the general racing public has just been amazing.”

Jockey Zac Purton timed his ride to perfection on Yankee Rose and got her wide at the perfect time, but he was quick to pay all the credit to the training performance of Vandyke.

“She has done a great job and it is great for David – this story is more about him and the owners then it is about me,” Purton said.

“He was a brave man to run her first-up in the Slipper and he presented her again today in great fashion.

“It is a great story there are so many owners from so many different areas and it just goes to show that if you want to have a share in a horse you never know what you are going to get and this is what racing is all about.

“Hopefully there are a few more stories like this in the years to come.”

Telperion produced another fast-finishing effort for second and like Yankee Rose could press on to the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).