By Glenn Davis
Trainer David Vandyke was pleased with his premiership finish last season and is hopeful more success will come his way when the new metropolitan season gets under way at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.
Vandyke has four runners entered on the day with McCovey Cove in the Class 3 Plate, You’re Next in the male’s division of the Benchmark 62 Handicap while he’ll be double handed with Night Express and Blackboots in the fillies division.
The top trainer has come a long way since he made an immediate impact on Queensland racing, winning with his first runner with Look To The Stars in the Listed Princess Stakes at the Sunshine Coast back in 2016.
Vandyke now has 38 horses in work at Caloundra and finished the 2020-21 season in fifth place in the metropolitan trainers premiership with 37 wins behind runaway winner Tony Gollan, who claimed his eighth title with 103 city wins.
“It was the best season I’ve had since I moved here five years ago,” Vandyke said.
“The plan is to have another similar season but to finish in the top five was great.
“I’m just happy to finish in the top 10 but I’m always striving for better.”
Vandyke believes his Doomben team will be competitive and is hopeful of a winner or two this Wednesday.
McCovey Cove – a Stephanie Thornton (pictured) mount – has been ultra-consistent with three wins and four placings from eight starts and is coming off a last start win in Class 4 grade at Eagle Farm on July 21.