Vayakhan earmarked for spring Group One

French import Vayakhan left trainer David Vandyke hesitant about immediate plans but confident enough to chase an ambitious spring target after winning at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

With a European formline tied into a Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe placegetter, Vayakhan ran up to heavy support to make it two wins from three Australian starts in the Get Racy Handicap (2200m).

Vayakhan was backed from $2.80 to $2.25 and was ridden against his normal racing pattern before holding on to beat Murphy's Delight ($3.20) in a one-two finish for imports.

"The plan was to get back and come home but Blake (Shinn) used his initiative and it's not this horse's go to be hitting the lead at the 300-metre mark," Vandyke said.

"But it's probably a good education for him to do it."

Vayakhan is entered for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Sydney Cup and while they represent a quantum leap from midweek racing, Vandyke says it is not an improbable transition given the four-year-old's French credentials.

"He was placed behind Intello twice in France and that horse ran a place in the Arc last year," Vandyke said.

"We've got options. We could go to the Chairman's Handicap, we could go to the Sydney Cup and we could go to a midweek race in three weeks on the Kensington track.

"He's still a bit light this time in but he's a horse for the (Group One) Metropolitan," Vandyke said.

Source:Ninemsn