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Yankee Rose Facing Retirement

Thursday, 14th September 2017

Yankee Rose has likely run her last race with connections all but deciding to retire the star mare and offer her for sale, reports racing.com. The David Vandyke-trained 4YO, who was crowned Queensland Horse of the Year last week, was found to be lame on Wednesday morning, the latest in a series of setbacks which have plagued her career. The two-time Gr1 winner of the ATC Sires' Produce Stakes and Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney was set to have the second start of her campaign in Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington after a disappointing first-up performance (9th of 11) in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. "I wasn't happy with her this morning and as such I didn't accept in the Makybe Diva Stakes," Vandyke said. "The owners have had a meeting and they voted to sell her so I'll just keep her in work until as such time as they find a buyer." While he laments the loss of his stable star, Vandyke said he was grateful for the opportunity to train a horse of her calibre. "She's always had issues," he said. "I think we've done well to get what we've got out of her. It's disappointing that we've reached this point but at the same time she's been a wonderful mare and it's been fantastic to train her up to this point." Yankee Rose retires with 4 wins from 10 starts for $2,043,700 in earnings. Apart from her two Group One victories, she will also be remembered for her third placing behind champion mare Winx in last year's Cox Plate.

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