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Trainer David Vandyke is hoping his reputation with tried horses with be further enhanced when Chauffeur attempts to maintain his unbeaten stable record at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.
Former under-achiever Chauffeur won his first race since January last year in his stable debut for Vandyke in a Class Three at Eagle Farm on August 22.
The trainer is now hoping Chauffeur can make it back-to-back wins in the Class Five Plate over 1300 metres tomorrow.
Chauffeur was a $1.6 million yearling and did his early racing under Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan.
His early career form looked promising with a debut win at Rosehill in 2016 before finishing second to Houtzen in the Magic Millions Classic in 2017.
Fast forward to now and Chauffeur has been under the care of another five trainers including Team Hawkes, Darren Weir, David Hayes and Joe Pride before he found himself in Vandyke’s stables at Caloundra.
Chauffeur won for only the third time in his 24-start career in last month, which took his prizemoney to just short of $700,000.
“It was a good win at Doomben first-up for me and I’m hoping he can win again,” Vandyke said.
“Since he came to me, he’s settled in beautifully and he’s thriving.
“I was expecting him to run well in his first start for us but I wasn’t confident he’d win.
“I think the change of environment and the climate has made a big difference.”
Doomben | Brisbane Racing Club@Doomben | 12:43 PM
Vandyke will also saddle up Cloak in the Class Six Plate (1800m) and McCovey Cove and possibly Express Fantasy in the Class Two Handicap (1400m).
Cloak is aiming to maintain his unblemished record this campaign and is shooting for his fifth win in a row after beating Reckless Choice in a 1400-metre Class Six at Doomben on September 5.
McCovey Cove made it two wins in three starts winning first-up at Doomben last month.
“Cloak is a nice horse and has exceeded all expectations and should run well in the Class Six,” Vandyke said.
“I'm not sure if I'll run Express Fantasy and I may just rely on McCovey Cove who is going well and looks suited in this race.
“The false rail is out a long way so I’m not sure where he’ll end up in the run.”
Eagle Farm | Brisbane Racing Club@Eagle Farm | 2:18 PM