Alligator Blood’s trainer David Vandyke produced another promising three year-old in Roman Republic at Doomben last week.
The debut win added another tick to the amazing combination of Vandyke and jockey Ryan Maloney.
The win of Roman Republic at Doomben maintained the duos incredible winning strike rate of 40% for the season.
The pair have been in the headlines with Alligator Blood and are in line for their biggest ever pay day when Al takes on the $5 million All Star Mile at Caulfield this Saturday, but away from the Group One meetings they have also overachieved.
Of Vandyke’s last 50 runners Maloney has ridden 18 of them for 9 wins and 5 minor placings.
Roman Republic is a typical Vandyke runner, not going to the races until halfway through his three-year-old season having been given plenty of time to fill out his imposing physique and be mentally ready to debut.
A son of Bart Cummings’ Australian Derby winner Roman Emperor, Roman Republic was bought by Vandyke out of Book Two at the 2018 Inglis Classic Sale for $42,000.
A son of Montjeu, Roman Emperor is yet another staying horse who struggled to break through when retired to stud.
However it would be incorrect to label him a failure because from very small crops he’s only had 52 individual starters for 28 winners of 81 races, including a stakes winner in Emperor’s Way.
Sadly Roman Emperor died of an aneurysm in October last year but he looks to have a capable representative in the form of Roman Republic.