David Vandyke owes career to Lamasery

IF IT had not been for Lamasery, David Vandyke would not be training today.
Vandyke is Sydney's new boom trainer. His stable is at capacity and he has the best strike-rate in NSW - better than Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse.
Trainer David Vandyke with Lamasery. Picture by Mark Evans.
Trainer David Vandyke with Lamasery. Picture by Mark Evans.

But Vandyke admits two years ago he nearly "put the cue in the rack".

On the comeback trail after a decade-long lay-off from the sport after disqualification, Vandyke could not get a horse, and Lamasery, the only one in the stable, had been beaten in the bush.

Then Lamasery won three Sydney metropolitan races in a row.

Fast forward two years, and Lamasery has $630,000 in the bank. Vandyke has 36 horses in work and Lamasery is one of the favourites for Saturday's Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m).

"I was going to give it away," Vandyke said.

"There will never be a horse who has meant as much to me as far as directing my life in racing. Irrespective of if I won a Melbourne Cup or a Golden Slipper, this horse has set the stage for me.

"When I first got him, I didn't have a horse."

Vandyke admitted Lamasery was not the best horse he had trained, but he had never worked with a horse who tried so hard.

He said Lamasery was exhausted after he ran fourth in the main Doomben Cup lead-up, the Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast on May 4.

"He could barely stand up," Vandyke said.

"He was just out on his feet at the 200m in that race. He doesn't know how to stop. It took a few days, but the last 48 hours he has really come to hand again."

Slow pace dictated Lamasery had to make a long sustained run, something that will not happen in an expected field of 15 on Saturday.

"This horse has an electrifying 300m sprint if he is held up long enough," Vandyke said.

Gold Coast-based Glen Colless, renowned for being a patient rider, will be aboard and given strict instructions not to expose the horse early.

Vandyke's close friend, stable jockey Peter Robl, will fly to the Gold Coast on Tuesday to put the gelding through his final gallop.

Vandyke said he would scratch Lamasery if the track was heavy again.

"He is a duffer in the wet. He's been beaten in some pretty low races when the track is wet."

Source: Courier Mail