Anyaas continues David Vandyke's run of success

Paul Hammersley urges Anyaas to the wire at Kembla Grange. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER
Paul Hammersley urges Anyaas to the wire at Kembla Grange. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER


David Vandyke continued his fantastic run of results at provincial and country tracks with a smash-and-grab job at Kembla Grange onTuesday.

Despite having only one acceptor on the seven-race card, the experienced horseman was on hand to watch Anyaas score in the two-year-old Class 1 (1000m).

It took his exceptional out-of-town record in NSW to 15 winners from only 22 starters since Sansui Drawing claimed a Class 2 at Wyong on June 12.

The hot-streak includes four successive wins from four runners at Kembla Grange, with trips spanning from Cessnock to Mudgee and south to Canberra.

"It is a great record ... we are having a really good time out of town," Vandyke said.

"We got two at Mudgee on Sunday [from four starters], two here last Tuesday and two on the Sunday before at Canberra."

Anyaas's addition to that list comes less than three weeks after the filly broke her maiden status.

Vandyke opted against chasing the lure of bigger prizemoney in Sydney after an impressive first-up win which has proven to be a good form race.

"I was mindful of how hard it is for these two-year-old fillies to win second-up," he added.

"I was looking for the easiest option away from the country and I saw this race and thought it would be ideal.

"Same track, same distance, same jockey."

While the end result was mirrored, the manner in which it came was anything but.

Anyaas looked at long-odds to make it back-to-back triumphs when the action became serious.

After sitting off the speed during the run, the filly didn't sprint at the top of the straight.

She'd finally respond to the urgings of in-form jockey Paul Hammersley at the 150m mark and the pair split the pack to edge to the lead for a long-head victory over Alu Alu and Grunderzeit.

"She fought more than I gave her credit for," Vandyke said.

"I thought at the 200m she wasn't going to win.

"Paul Hammersley found the gap and it was exceptional," Vandyke said.

"I think Paul has had 17 rides for eight winners for us now.

"We are having a great run with him," he said.

"This filly being by Commands, she will get better as she gets older."


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