Yankee Rose acknowledged with Australian racing award
RACING: Yankee Rose was crowned three-year-old filly of the year at the Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards on Sunday night.
She won the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes before running third to Winx in the Cox Plate last year, under the guidance of Corbould Park trainer David Vandyke.
It was before that race he lauded her.
"She's obviously very passionate about performing and she's got that x-factor," he said.
But the $10,000 buy and Queensland Horse of The Year has had a heel complaint in recent times and it was revealed last month that owners have elected to sell her.
Yankee Rose was also runner-up in the Golden Slipper and an ATC Sires Produce Stakes winner as a two-year-old.
Her career was somewhat tainted when she tested positive to the drug Ketorolac after running second in last year's Group One Flight Stakes.
Meanwhile, the Brad Herne-trained AllKnight Saint claimed an impressive half-length win at Caloundra on Sunday.
With Brad Stewart aboard, the five-year-old gelding snared victory in a BenchMark 80 race over 1400m, ahead of Really Reilly.
It was one of two wins for Stewart.
He also saluted on the Stuart Kendrick-trained Tarzan in a Class 4 Handicap over 1000m, with a one-length margin over Victory Eight.
It was a return to form for the five-year-old, after a last-start struggle at the same distance and venue just over a week ago.