Yankee ready to roll again

12 January 2018 01:30:00 EST

Champion trainer Emma Stewart believes Yankee Roller has what it takes to win Saturday night's South Australia Derby, despite not racing for four months.

The classy youngster has it all to do, as not only does he have to hit top form straight away after the spell, the draw does not suit as he will begin from the middle of the back row.

The draw isn't ideal, but he is certainly good enough to overcome it.

Emma Stewart

Even so, Stewart is confident Yankee Roller can keep his perfect record intact by making it five wins on the bounce.

"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, who is unbeaten from six starts this term, set to contest the SA Pacing Cup.

Shadow Sax has drawn barrier five, but slots into four with the removal of the emergency, and Stewart is happy.

"It's a good draw for him," she added. "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."

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