Will she handle it or not?
- 16 March 2015
By Michael Guerin – Twitter: @GuerinSports
Trainer Sean McCaffrey has just one reservation as he prepares to take Yagunnakissmeornot to Friday’s Trotting Oaks at Addington.
And even that may not be enough to stop the exciting filly from winning.
McCaffrey warns punters the left handed version of his stable star they see on Friday many not be quite as faultless as she is at Alexandra Park.
“But I don’t think it will be a big deal,” McCaffrey tells Harnessed.
“It is just she is close to perfect at Alexandra Park, which is why she has raced almost exclusively there.
“But she can hang just a touch on the bends left handed at Cambridge.
“Still on a bigger track like Addington, or looking forward to the Jewels at Cambridge, it shouldn’t be a problem.”
Yagunnakissmeornot warmed up for the Oaks with an easy win against the older horses at Alexandra Park on Friday night, remarkably one of four three-year-old trotters to beat the older horses on the night.
The best of those may be Speeding Spur, who is one reason McCaffrey says win, lose of draws in the Oaks, the Trotting Derby is no certainty.
“This is a very good three-year-old crop, when you think of the boys like Prince Fearless, Speeding Spur and Monbet.
“If our filly goes great this week then the Derby might be on but she still has the Sires’ Stakes and the Derby in the north, where she is at her absolute best right-handed.
“And then there are the Jewels and I think she is eligible for the Breeders Crown too.
“Australia is a real option for her too because she is well mannered so you could her over there and rely on her to do the right thing.
“But being by Love You she will only get better with age so we won’t get too carried away.”
Yagunnakissmeornot heads a strong team of young trotters for McCaffrey as he tries to fill the enormous hole left in the stable by the loss of Sovereignty.
He has two smart juveniles in Royal Willie, who won at Alexandra Park on Friday and Gershwin, a Muscles Yankee-Allegro Agitato colt who just went under by a nose toHigh Gait in a 2:0.7 mile rate at Cambridge on Sunday.
“We really like both of them and they are Breeders Crown eligible too,” he adds.