Dean Yendall to ride star colt Polanski at Caulfield

HORSHAM jockey Dean Yendall will ride Robbie Laing's prized colt Polanski in Saturday's Group 2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield.

Yendall piloted the colt to victory in the Listed UCI Stakes at the start of October before gun Sydney hoop Hugh Bowman took over to win the Group 2 Norman Robinson and $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby.

Polanski resumes from a spell on Saturday after a promising 800-metre barrier trial at Cranbourne on January 30.

Laing told Racing Network he was happy to have the prolific Wimmera hoop on board.

"He's done nothing wrong on him in the past so we've got no issue with putting Dean back on," he said.

"Hugh Bowman won't be in Melbourne this week

"When Bowman is in Melbourne he'll ride the horse."

Laing had the option of running the son of Ratki in the Group 1 Orr Stakes - which would have seen him take on spring's other star colt, Cox Plate winner Shamus Award - but chose an easier option over the same 1400-metre trip.

Polanski will jump from outside the 10-horse field and has been installed as $2.90-favourite at fixed odds on the TAB.

David Payne-trained Rock Hero, to be ridden by Michael Rodd, is on the second line of betting at $5.50.

Yendall is also booked to ride Angelic Lass for Phillip Evans at Caulfield on Saturday.

The 15-horse field also features two Stawell contenders, with Terry and Karina O'Sullivan-trained Koe and Tykook contesting the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes over 1200 metres.

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