Golden Slipper’s Yankee Rose a $10k horse trying to win a $3.5m race

THIS is the most audacious Golden Slipper grab of them all — but there is nothing conventional about the Yankee Rose story.

The unbeaten filly was sold for just $10,000, making her the “cheapest” horse in the world’s richest juvenile race.

Her trainer, David Vandyke, who is about to leave Sydney for the Sunshine Coast in a midlife sea change, has a family history of two-year-old success but this is his first runner in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.

Vandyke is dismissing 60 years of Slipper tradition by sending Yankee Rose into the Rosehill 1200m scamper without a lead-up run for more than three months. The longest break between starts for a Slipper winner is the seven weeks Sebring had prior to his 2008 triumph.

And most of Yankee Rose’s owners are first-timers to racing who feel they have already struck the jackpot by having a Golden Slipper runner.

The filly’s ownership group was put together by well-known thoroughbred syndicator Scott Darby and is made up of a miner, hairdresser, scaffolder, paramedic, accountant, cattle station manager, construction worker, nurse, painter and tanker driver who reside in places as far afield as remote country Western Australia, Mackay in north Queensland and Launceston in Tasmania.

“I have no doubt in the world she is fit enough for the Slipper,’’ Vandyke said matter-of-factly.

“I don’t hold any issues with her being first-up. This has been the plan all along.’’


Vandyke also takes encouragement from Yankee Rose’s spring form where she won both her races at Rosehill defeating the likes of Golden Slipper rivals Good Standing and Telperion.