Arabian Gold is right on song for Saturday’s Frank Packer Plate at Royal Randwick


• Ray Thomas
• April 24, 2014

Adrian Knox Stakes winner Arabian Gold with trainer David Vandyke. Source - Phillip Rogers / News Corp Australia.
Adrian Knox Stakes winner Arabian Gold with trainer David Vandyke. Source - Phillip Rogers / News Corp Australia.

IF David Vandyke walks into his Warwick Farm stables around 4am Saturday morning and hears Arabian Gold “singing’’, then the trainer will know he’s in for a good day.

But before anyone starts thinking racing has uncovered its own “Mr Ed”, or Arabian Gold is an equine version of Bruno Mars, Vandyke has a far more simpler — and sensible — explanation.

“When I see Arabian Gold with the head over her door and ‘singing’ out, I know she is feeling good about herself,’’ Vandyke said of her persistent whinnying. “She’s telling me she’s looking for her feed and is ready to go.’’

And it has been quite noisy at Vandyke’s stables in recent mornings as he prepares Arabian Gold for the Group 3 $150,000 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Arabian Gold’s demeanour has convinced Vandyke that the filly has recovered well after her arduous win on a very heavy track in the Adrian Knox Stakes two weeks ago.

Arabian Gold is ridden right out to the line in the Adrian Knox Stakes. Source supplied.
Arabian Gold is ridden right out to the line in the Adrian Knox Stakes. Source supplied.

Buoyed by that success, Vandyke briefly flirted with the idea of backing up with the filly in last Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes but then thought better of it.

Vandyke is now glad he took the “softer option” as the Queen Elizabeth Stakes was a real “war of attrition” with It’s A Dundeel holding off Sacred Falls in an epic race.

There’s no opposition of It’s A Dundeel’s ilk for the Frank Packer Plate and the trainer believes his filly can record her second feature race win of the Sydney autumn carnival.

“She has got to be right on top of her game to keep winning at this level and I couldn’t be happier with her,’’ Vandyke said.

“This is going to be a good test in that she will be up against the ‘boys’. The last time she met the males was when she defeated Stamina as a two-year-old in July last year.’’

Arabian Gold is owned and bred by Nick Moraitis who won this race in 1997 with the champion Might And Power.