Victorian filly Yosei and her jockey Michelle Payne have done it again.
The pair completed a third Group 1 triumph when they came from last on the home turn to win the $500,000 Group 1 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm in Brisbane on Saturday.
Payne only resumed riding three weeks ago after suffering a fractured vertebra in a fall at Caulfield in February. Her reunion with Yosei saw the three-year-old return to form after two unplaced runs this preparation.
Yosei, trained at Caulfield by Stuart Webb, started $15 after being specked at long odds earlier in the week. The delighted Webb declared the Tiara was the first time he has ever backed the Invincible Spirit filly.
After drawing barrier one, Payne and Yosei settled further back than expected and just before the turn they were last on the rails with the $1.95 favorite Beaded hooking to the outside and looking likely to motor home for another Group 1 win for the Peter Snowden stable.
But Payne didn’t panic and threaded her way through near the inside to win by a half neck going away. Beaded was second, 0.7 lengths ahead of Mike Moroney’s $31 chance Born To Rock.
Yosei and Payne first hit the headlines when they won the AJC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick in April 2010. Last spring they combined to take the Schweppes Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.
Yosei is raced by her breeder John Pittard with Robert and Paul McClure. They kept her when she failed to make her $15,000 reserve at the 2008 Inglis Great Southern Weanling sale. She has now won $894,475 and has enormous value as a broodmare.