Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke has few peers when it comes to placing horses in the Sunshine State.
As the 2019-2020 racing season comes to an end, statistics show that Vandyke is clearly the best strike rate trainer in the state.
He’s lined up 131 starters at metropolitan meetings in the last 11 months for 33 winners and 40 placings.
Last week was just another example of why Ontrack has used Vandyke’s stable since he relocated to Queensland in 2016.
He had horses running at three meetings during the week and from five starters he netted three wins, a second and a fifth.
And that’s been the same all season for David Vandyke as his win rate on metropolitan tracks is sitting at just under 25%. That’s nearly 5% better than his nearest rival on the strike rate table in another Ontrack trainer Edmonds Racing.
And David Vandyke is just as successful when it comes to placing his horses away from metropolitan racing with a provincial strike rate of 25.4% thanks to 16 wins from 63 starters.
David Vandyke is a dual Group 1 winning trainer who moved from Warwick Farm, Sydney in 2016 to train on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Ontrack was quick to use his services and had success with the Star Witness filly Kolstar. Currently we have an unraced Brazen Beau gelding with the stable and also purchased fillies by Pride Of Dubai and Better Than Ready at the March QTIS Sale on the Gold Coast to go to him.
“Ontrack is focused on horses that can win at Saturday metropolitan class and David shares that vision,” said Ontrack’s Grant Morgan.
“When he first started training on the Sunshine Coast, he had two barns and a large team but soon realised that he could not give individual attention to each horse with these sort of numbers so he went back to a single barn and cut his horse numbers right back.
“That sort of attention to details is now resulting in the exceptional strike rate David has been achieving and at Ontrack we like stables where our horses get individual care.
“The smaller team also allows for accurate assessment of the potential of young horses because we like our trainers to make a call as soon as possible about the ability of our horses to succeed at city level,” said Grant Morgan.