CLASSY youngster Yankee Roller is primed and ready to maintain his undefeated status according to trainer Emma Stewart.
Engaged in Saturday night’s South Australia Derby at Globe Derby, Yankee Roller has two obstacles to overcome.
Firstly, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is returning from a four-month break, and secondly, he has drawn the middle of the back row.
Despite the awkward starting position and lack of recent racing, Stewart stated the Australian Pacing Gold purchase should have no trouble stretching his perfect record to five.
“He’s a very nice type,” Stewart said. “His work has been great, and even though he hasn’t raced for a few months, he is forward enough to win.
“The draw isn’t ideal, but he is certainly good enough to overcome it.
“I’ve got a reasonable opinion of him and expect him to improve with racing throughout the season.
“He can certainly make his way through the grades and the Derby looks like a good starting point.”
Stewart is aiming for a feature double, with rising star Shadow Sax set to contest the SA Pacing Cup.
Unbeaten from six starts for the term, Shadow Sax has been given an “easy time” since his Geelong Cup triumph on December 9.
The son of Shadow Play has drawn barrier five, but slots into four with the removal of the emergency.
“It’s a good draw for him,” Stewart said. “From there he will be going forward and having a look for the lead.
“He’s also proven he can do a bit of work in his races, so there are options from that draw.
“He’s been freshened up since winning the Geelong Cup last month and had a solid trial at Ballarat last week, so he’s in great shape for this.
“He has had an ideal preparation and will be very hard to beat.”
- PAUL COURTS