47% Winning strike rate is an impressive figure
Ontrack’s decision to increase horse numbers with Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke looks timely.
David Vandyke is starting his fifth season in the Sunshine State and as the first month of the new season draws to a close, he’s made a flying start.
A double at Doomben last Saturday sees Vandyke second on the trainers’ premiership to Tony Gollan thanks to an incredible winning strike rate of 46% so far in 2020-21.
He’s lined up 17 starters so far for 8 wins and 4 placegetters and that gives him a winning strike rate of 47% and a place strike rate of 70%.
Ontrack’s Grant Morgan said when David Vandyke relocated from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast in 2016, he was keen to have horses with the trainer.
“We have supported David from day one and the partnership has been fantastic for both parties.
“Like all associations, it had taken time to gather momentum but we are increasing our numbers with David and this season we will have four gallopers in the stable.
“David was a premiership winning trainer at 23 when he started out at Kembla Grange and he was a Group One trainer at Rosehill before moving north in 2016.
“It’s interesting to note that he started with two barns at the Sunshine Coast but after the first season he cut back his team significantly because he wanted to be able to give each horse in his care individual attention.
“The patient and meticulous approach to training by David is evident when you see how he kept Alligator Blood racing so well during an incredible three-year-old season.
“That attention to detail and horsemanship is what Ontrack likes and we are confident of some good times ahead with the young horses David will be preparing for us,” said Grant Morgan.
Figures reveal that last season was David Vandyke’s best since arriving in Queensland as his boutique stable philosophy started to pay dividends.
He trained 33 metropolitan winners from 139 starters for the best strike rate in the state of 23.4%.
The two seasons previously produced 23 wins at 20% (2018-19) and 28 wins at 23% (2017-18) and judging by the results so far this month, the stable is poised to blow these figures out of the water.