“She’s in great shape, but it’s going to be a hard race with so many Group 1 winners in it,” Vandyke said.
Eleven Group 1 winners are among the 18 nominations.
They include Black Heart Bart, Hey Doc, Tosen Stardom, Vega Magic, Le Romain and Kiwi star Jon Snow.
“I’d love her to draw well and if that’s the case I can see her finishing on strongly and finishing in the top five,” trainer Vandyke said.
Vandyke is looking for a confidence booster for Yankee Rose’s second-up run in the 1600m Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on September 16.
“She has a great second-up record and she should be ready to run extremely well in that race,’’ he said.
“As for this Saturday, she’s in great shape and I think she’ll run a mighty race.”
Yankee Rose hasn’t started since her 14th in the VRC Oaks.
She pulled up with a leg injury and had bone chips removed.
Before that she finished third in the Cox Plate.
Vandyke has had Yankee Rose at Mick Kent’s Cranbourne stables for the past three weeks.
She had a jumpout at Cranbourne last week.
“She finished well to win her jumpout and she did it nicely,” Vandyke said.
RACING Victoria stewards have told leading trainer Darren Weir they have found a positive swab from one of his horses.
Stewards received a report from Racing Analytical Services Limited that a blood sample from Weir galloper Air Guitar contained the presence of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone.
The samples were taken at Burrumbeet jumpouts on June 22. Stewards are continuing their inquiries.
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