David Vandyke is a dual Group 1 winning trainer who moved from Warwick Farm, Sydney in 2016 to train on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. After 10 years away from the training ranks, he took his licence back out in February 2010 and since then has won Stakes races with Yankee Rose, Lamasery, Arabian Gold, Maurus, Sir John Hawkwood, Look To The Stars, Miss Marx, Cosmic Cube, Choice Words, Less Is More and Prince Cheri. David has also maintained an excellent strike rate.
Lamasery was his first horse, since returning to training, who was purchased for $10,000 by his friends Sam and Mel Mayer. The gelding notched up 11 wins from 25 starts to earn $630,450 in prize money. He won four Stakes races including his gallant victory in the Group 2 Hill Stakes at Randwick.
David also has a good history of improving tried horses. The trainer’s results come from a deep understanding of each horse as an individual, combined with dedication and planning.
“He cares for and knows his horses backwards, the characteristics and idiosyncrasies of every thoroughbred under his care. He is as good as any horse whisper that you can get,” Mr Kevin Maloney, Segenhoe.
Part owner of Less Is More, Jocelyn May, who has been involved in the racing industry for almost 50 years – first riding track and later as a breeder and owner, said that David has a genuine love of the horses he trains and a passion for getting them to reach their full potential.
“I’ve come across dozens of trainers; some good, some bad and some brilliant. David Vandyke falls into the latter category,” said Mrs May.