The Day Arrives for Yesterday
Darley Stud�s well bred filly Yesterday enhanced her commercial appeal with a well-deserved first stakes success in Saturday�s $100,000 Listed Le Pine Funerals Stakes (1400m) at Sandown. Despite being caught wide for the entire trip, Yesterday (Red Ransom (USA) x Donna Cara (NZ) (Sir Tristram (IRE)) showed an impressive turn of foot, coming from well back to defeat Okaylah (Flying Spur x Cool Chick (NZ) (Centaine) by 2 �-lengths with Melpomene (Elusive Quality (USA) x Bulla Borghese (Belong to Me (USA)) three-quarters of a length back in third. The 3yo daughter of Red Ransom (USA) had been a well-beaten third behind the exciting Northern Meteor in the Brian Crowley Stakes at Randwick on October 18 and most recently when third behind Exalted Keetah in the Cadbury Roses Stakes at Flemington on November 8. Yesterday improves her overall record to two wins and three thirds from five starts for earnings of $107,860. Trainer Peter Snowden predicted better things were in store for Yesterday next autumn.
She�s a high-class filly and only lightly raced,� said Snowden. �We�ll look for something better for her in the autumn. �Despite her pedigree, a mile would not be beyond her as she is such a lovely relaxed filly. �She�s got black type now and we can take her back to Sydney and go for bigger three-year-old fillies races.� Winning rider Kerrin McEoy also believes the filly has scope for improvement.
�She�s going to go a bit further in her career, she�s a lovely filly,� said McEvoy. �She was travelling perfectly all the way, once she got cover, she settled and enjoyed the galloping room, it was never a problem being out there. �She has definitely improved since Flemington. �She has a good attitude and there are more wins ahead of her for sure.� Just three of the 25 yearlings purchased by Woodlands Stud at the 2007 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale made less than the $275,000 it took to secure Yesterday (pictured as a yearling) from the Stratheden Stud draft. The price was no doubt influenced by the fact she was the tenth foal of the stakes-winning Sir Tristram mare Donna Cara. Just three of those had reached the winners circle including the Listed winner Donna Dior (Marscay) who also finished second in the Black Opal Stakes (G3) at Canberra. Donna Cara is a half-sister to Silver Slipper (G2) winner Maizcay, the South African group 3 winner Mzilikazi and Gimcrack Stakes (LR) winner Fitting. All three were by Marscay. Fitting was later to prove her worth as a broodmare with Golden Slipper (G1) winner Catbird (Danehill) and Pago Pago Stakes (G2) winner Danbird (Danehill). Yesterday becomes the 88th stakes-winner for Vinery Stud�s international stud success Red Ransom. The days of shuttling for 21yo son of Roberto are over. He will remain in Australia at the conclusion of the current breeding season
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