Newgate Farm stallions had a great day on Saturday and Dissident was not left out of the action with his progressive filly Yes Baby Yes defying all challengers to win the Group II $300,000 Lexus Fillies Classic (1600m) at Moonee Valley.
Under a positive ride by Craig Williams, Yes Baby Yes led at every call to defeat the well-performed stakes-winner Ecumenical by three and three-quarter lengths.
The Leon and Troy Corstens-trained filly was winless in five starts since breaking her maiden at Seymour back in July , but was a close-up sixth to Thermosphere in the Group II Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington and most recently was a fighting second to Incredulous Dream at Caulfield.
“I was lucky, it’s all her heart and all her will. Full credit for her and her training combination,” Williams said.
“She’s been up for a long time. They backed-up in seven days and were that confident she would deliver.”
Consigned by Sledmere Stud to the Magic Millions, Yes Baby Yes was purchased by Flemington Bloodstock/Malua Racing for $120,000 and Sledmere have retained an interest in the filly.
She is the third winner from as many to race out of the Exceed And Excel mare Exabelle, whose dam Avabelle is a half-sister to the Group I winner Gaze.
Exabelle was covered by Dissident again last spring.
Yes Baby Yes becomes the second stakes winner for Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident, who stands at a fee of $11,000.