Stablemates take step towards Group One dreams

Cambridge stablemates Bastille and Yuleanne kept alive Group One dreams when quitting maiden ranks at Te Teko today.

Prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Bastille proved too strong in the Gartshore Construction 2100, while Yuleanne broke her maiden status in the Team Wealleans 1600.

Both are progeny of Windsor Park Stud sire Guillotine and are entered for Group One missions with Bastille holding a nomination for the $750,000 TV3 NZ Derby at Ellerslie on March 1 and Yuleanne an entry for the $300,000 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham a fortnight later.

Bastille is raced by his breeder, Lawrence Redshaw, a long-time client of the Baker stable, and he lived up to the promise he had showed when finishing third on debut over 1600 metres at Tauranga on January 10.

He was ridden on debut by Danielle Johnson, but it was the in-form Craig Grylls, the hero of the Thorndon Mile and Wellington Cup, who took the mount today and he was impressed by the grey gelding.

Bastille settled third-last in the nine-horse field and was angled to the outside to make his bid turning for home. Once balanced up, he finished strongly down the outside to overhaul the favourite, Grace O’Malley, the veteran of 25 previous starts for 13 placings, and win by a length.

“That was a good effort,” said Grylls. “Even though he’s got a bit to learn, he finished it off well. He loved the distance (2100m).”

Yuleanne put Baker in the good books with his wife, Maryanne (a part-owner of the filly), when capping three placings in seven previous starts with a late charge to victory today.

Rider Michael Dee bided his time back in the field on Yuleanne and pushed her through a gap late to record a well-timed win. It was her third start over 1600 metres and the manner in which she completed her task suggests she is looking for more ground.