11 January 2018 | APG Media
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 Ladbrokes 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.”
Yankee Roller is one of four Ladbrokes APG graduates in the Blue Riband, with No Alabi faring best in barrier three for Aussie Mifsud.
The son of Betterchancheddar has two wins and a second from his last three starts.
Local hope Culzean Castle will begin from five for local horseman Greg Norman, with Muscle Up Major to come from the outside of the front line for Rodney Petroff.