Jockey Dean Yendall gets another chance to play to his strengths in Saturday’s Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
Yendall has made an art form of winning Group 1 races on lightly weighted runners. His six Group 1 victories include wins in the 2016 and 2017 Empire Rose Stakes on I Am A Star and Shoals, respectively.
Both I Am A Star and Shoals won the Empire Rose Stakes as three-year-old fillies. I Am A Star carried 49kg to her win in the Flemington event while Shoals had 50kg when she won the race three years ago.
Yendall has also ridden Booker to win last year’s Oakleigh Plate with 52kg while he guided Santa Ana Lane to win the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes with the same weight in 2017.
Sydney trainers Richard and Michael Freedman have booked Yendall to ride Forbidden Love in Saturday’s edition of the Empire Rose Stakes in which the All Too Hard filly will carry 49kg.
A last-start winner over 1400m at Randwick, Forbidden Love has drawn barrier 14 in the $1 million race.
Yendall said the wide gate would make no difference to his tactics at Flemington.
Dean Yendall celebrated in style after winning the 2016 Empire Rose Stakes on I Am A Star. Picture: Nicole GarmstonSource:News Corp Australia
“She’s drawn sticky but, the last couple of times I’ve won it, I’ve drawn out wide,” Yendall said.
“She looks like a go-forward horse so with a light weight on her back, she’s got a good chance.
“It’s a winnable race for her with only 49kg.
“It’s panned out that way in the two times I’ve won it and she’s go-forward horse anyway so I’ll just ride her normal race.”
This year’s Empire Rose Stakes features a trio of three-year-old fillies. Thousand Guineas winner Odeum is the $3.60 favourite in TAB’s market ahead of Tasmanian star Mystic Journey at $4.40.
I Am A Star and Shoals both ran second in the Thousand Guineas before winning the Empire Rose Stakes.
Originally published asYendall out to build lightweight Empire
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