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Trainer David Vandyke is hopeful Baccarat Baby can launch a new stable association with jockey Ryan Maloney in the Group 3Sapphire Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.
Maloney is based on the Gold Coast after originally coming to Queensland to ride for the father-son training duo of Toby and Trent Edmonds midway through 2018.
The move has been a huge success and he currently is second on the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership with 62 wins behind apprentice Baylee Nothdurft on 73.5 wins.
As well as riding for Team Edmonds, Maloney has been associated with Vandyke’s Alligator Blood, winning the Group 1 Australian Guineas in February on the champion three-year-old.
Baccarat Baby has been ridden by Michael Hellyer throughout most of her career, however Vandyke and connections opted for a change in Maloney ahead of the Sapphire Stakes over 1600 metres.
Hellyer has ridden Baccarat Baby 19 times during her 22-start career and has won seven times on her including the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas 12 months ago.
I considered spelling her but she pulled up so well after the Dane Ripper we decided to have another shot at the stumps
"Michael will still get rides from me but I'm keen to get Ryan on as many of my horses as possible from now on," Vandyke said.
"He's not locked in as my stable rider and he's still free to get other rides if he thinks they're better.
"We've got a good association with a 39.5 per cent winning strike rate with 28 wins from 71 races.
"Ryan rides a bit heavier than most jockeys but he can ride any of mine whenever he's available."
Vandyke originally intended to spell Baccarat Baby following her last start seventh in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes at Eagle Farm.
"I considered spelling her but she pulled up so well after the Dane Ripper we decided to have another shot at the stumps," he said.
"I thought her Dane Ripper run was very good considering she ended up three deep.
"I think Saturday's race is easier and it looks a suitable race for her.
"She's a genuine top three chance."
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