YES YES YES TOO GOOD
Yes Yes Yes lit up the stage at Royal Randwick and the Caulfield Cup went the way of the Japanese…Here’s our take on one of the biggest days of the spring carnival.
Star Performer – Yes Yes Yes (The Everest)
What a performance by the 3YO, taking out the $14 million sprint in record time for the Randwick 1200m.
Glen Boss was forced back to the second half of the field from barrier nine, but in the words of Boss, the turn of foot from the Waller-trained galloper was electric, striking the front at the 100m and remaining there.
Santa Ana Lane flashed late, but the race was over, with Yes Yes Yes scoring by half a length.
It was a big result for part-owners Coolmore, with Tom Magnier estimating the colt’s worth to be a conservative $50 million after the victory.
“That was the most amazing experience. I haven’t felt that way since the third Cup. That was incredible.” said Glen Boss.
Japanese raider wins Caulfield Cup
Having built an association with Mer De Glace during his stint in Japan, jockey Damian Lane encouraged connections to bring the stayer to Australia and their decision to do so paid off in a big way.
Under Lane’s guidance, the international raider ($8) powered home in the $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m), defeating local hope Vow And Declare ($8) by a length, with Mirage Dancer ($16) just behind in third. Favourite Constantinople ($6.50) was a hard-luck tale in fourth.
“I planted the seed after the second time I won on him. Connections were really happy to come because it looked like he was going to get 53kg. Then he won again and it was questionable because he was going to go up to 55kg.
“I begged them to come because I knew 55kg was still a winnable weight. I’m forever grateful they brought him out here,” Lane explained post-race.