Stakes placegetter Anyaas will figure in a change of tactics in a bid to help her return to the winners’ list at Rosehill on Saturday.
Trainer David Vandyke says the four-year-old will be ridden positively in the CFMEU Mining & Energy Division Handicap after responding well to the change in racing pattern in a recent barrier trial.
“We’re going to ride her forward,” Vandyke said.
“That’s what we did in the trial and it’s why she won so convincingly.”
Anyaas was runner-up in Group Three grade during the Sydney autumn carnival and the horse which beat her, Slightly Sweet, will contest the Myer Classic at Flemington on Saturday.
It is little wonder Vandyke was expecting more from Anyaas first-up when she followed the winner Good Project into the race but couldn’t sprint with him and finished midfield.
“I wasn’t happy with her run,” he said.
“I wanted to give her an easy kill so that’s why I took her to the trials.”
Apprentice Jess Taylor will partner Anyaas who has drawn barrier seven in a field reduced to 11 by the early scratching of Slots.
Vandyke and Taylor were in winning form at Canterbury on Wednesday with Lofiel which gave the young rider her first metropolitan double.
The trainer is counting on Taylor to continue that vein of form.
“Jess is on most of our horses over the next seven days and if she has a good week, we might too,” he said.
Vandyke has opted for the experience of Jason Collett to partner first starter Yankee Rose in the opening race at Rosehill.
The filly represents the trainer’s first two-year-old runner this season and while she has shown little gate speed in two barrier trials, she has made late ground both times.
“I got her before her last trial which was very good, she was strong to the line,” Vandyke said.
“Over 1100 metres on Saturday she will should be doing her best work late.”
Godolphin youngster Telperion is favourite for the juvenile race ahead of the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained King Of War, an Exceed and Excel colt who cost $775,000 at the Easter sale.