Day At The Track

Yankee Rockstar takes season title

04:38 PM 12 Apr 2016 NZST
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Emma Stewart with Yankee Rockstar
Emma Stewart with Yankee Rockstar

The Kilmore, Cranbourne and Stawell pacing cup champion, Yankee Rockstar, has been crowned the harness racing Country Cup Championship winner.

Trained by Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin at Smythes Creek, 15 minutes south-west of Ballarat, Yankee Rockstar’s three cup wins and a third at Shepparton saw the five-year-old amass 13 points in the series and record a two-point win ahead of Kotare Roland.

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Stewart said it was a great result for the horse and the stable.

Safari won it when he was around, so it is good to win because it is hard racing in the cup circuit,” Stewart said. “It is really a feather in his cap.

Making the feat all the more remarkable was the depths of illness Yankee Rockstar experienced in the lead-up to the season.

“He has had a terrific season. He has really come back well from a bad illness, so that just adds to what has been a terrific job.”

Yankee Rockstar suffered from an illness that required a throat operation. Then when returning from Sydney after running seventh in the Chariots Of Fire in March 2015, the gelding was struck with travel sickness owing to his throat alteration.

“We nearly lost him,” Stewart said. “It was 50-50 and he was at the vets for a two weeks.”

Yankee Rockstar bounced back to not only win the three country cups, but to finish fourth in the Del-Re National A. G. Hunter Cup. Yankee Rockstar is now spelling “for a month” before he will resume, with Grand Circuit racing front of mind.

Final standings: Yankee Rockstar 13 points, Kotare Roland 11, Almost El Eagle 9, Im Corzin Terror 9, Ideal Sucess 8, Keayang Steamer 8, Barimah 7, Lennytheshark 6, Ohoka Punter 6, Five Star Anvil 6. 

For full standings click here.

Michael Howard

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