By Ray Hickson
Trainer Chris Waller is reverting to his original plan with boom colt Yes Yes Yes and will pull the plug on starting his spring campaign at Rosehill on Saturday.
With a bit of time up the sleeve before he needs to be ready for a race like the stallion making Group 1 Golden Rose, Waller’s racing manager Charlie Duckworth said resuming in the heavy conditions won’t be beneficial to his preparation.
Yes Yes Yes was the second favourite at $4.40 with TAB of the six remaining in the Group 3 $160,000 Sky Racing Active San Domenico Stakes (1100m) and is select elect in Golden Rose betting.
“While it is only a small field it’s going to be a very testing track,’’ Duckworth said.
“So the real question with him is whether he needs to be racing over this distance on this track condition. Does he need to have a gut buster at the start of what is going to be a huge spring for him?
“It was our original plan to start off his preparation in two weeks time over 1200m which is probably a more suitable journey for him.’’
That race is the Group 2 $200,000 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on September 14.
Of course Yes Yes Yes is also on TAB Everest slot holder Coolmore’s radar to take up their place in the $14 million feature in October.
We haven’t seen the colt race since the finished seventh on a heavy track in the Golden Slipper in March but Duckworth said the stable couldn’t be happier with how he’s coming up.
“He’s come back this preparation in good order, his trial the other day was very good up against hardened older sprinters,’’ Duckworth said.
There are a number of acceptors from the Waller stable who would seem to be in doubt given Rosehill was a heavy 8 on Friday afternoon and the chance of more rain forecast.
Of those, Duckworth said Maddi Rocks (Ming Dynasty) has two options for her next Saturday at Randwick; Haut Brion Her’s (race 8) options will be considered including a switch to Melbourne; and Shraaoh could line up in the Chelmsford Stakes next Saturday if he comes out while Girl Tuesday would be “unlikely on a testing track’’.
If Haut Brion Her stays at home then Duckworth said the stable is still well represented in the TAB Handicap (1200m) by So Taken.
The mare, a $15 chance with TAB, is a heavy track winner at her only attempt and resumed with a pleasing third behind Prime Candidate at Rosehill three weeks ago.
“She does like a wet track and gets in with a light weight,’’ he said.
“While it is a very competitive race it’s a race she will have a massive chance in. She’s as honest as the day is long so we’d be confident of her running a nice race.’’
Waller currently has nine of the 12 acceptors in the Group 3 $160,000 Iron Jack Premier’s Cup (1900m) and most of the attention this week has been on Perth stayer Come Play With Me’s debut for the stable.
Come Play With Me wins a Rosehill trial on August 20
The five-year-old has won his last four starts in Perth, including a narrow decision on a heavy track at Belmont, and caught the eye winning a barrier trial over 1030m on August 20.
Duckworth said his main issue is adjusting to Sydney.
“He’s sparked some interest and gets in with a nice weight,’’ he said.
“The concern with him would be the first time of racing in the Sydney direction. He has taken some time to adjust in his trackwork and trial to ensure he is on the right lead coming around the home turn.
“This makes things a little tricky for him if he can’t get onto the correct leg. I’m sure under the guidance of James McDonald plus a larger circumference track than he gallops on it will make his task a bit easier.’’
Come Play With Me was $4.80 second favourite with TAB on Friday behind a drifting Wolfe.