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YOUNG GUNS SET FOR MIDWEEK ASSIGNMENT

Trainer David Vandyke is set to send two of his talented youngsters into a midweek meeting at Doomben looking for further wins in what is already turning out to be an impressive season for Queensland conditioners

David Vandyke to send stable stars for midweek assignment

The two runners in question are Orbisyn, who has already been subject to a 7 figure bid from Hong Kong and stablemate Weona Smartone who won emphatically last time out at the Gold Coast.

Last time out Orbisyn destroyed the field at the Sunshine Coast by 6.3 lengths under an impressive hands and heels ride.

That ride and the Big O’s unbeaten record so far prompted a 7 figure bid from an un-named Hong Kong owner, an offer which breeder and owner Jan McMillan opted to keep her gelding in Australia.

Vandyke thinks that Orbisyn, named after Singer-Songwriter Roy Orbisyn, is a Group horse but isn’t mentally ready so early on in his career.

"I've made no secret that I think this guy is a Group horse who can end up in some of the bigger races, but we don't need to take him to a Saturday race yet," he said.

"We need to build his confidence with good experiences at the races. If we rush him to a big race with a big crowd and he has a meltdown, that could be the end of him - we might not get him back mentally.

"It's up to us to allow him to reach his full potential, and I don't think we'd get him there if we throw him in the deep end before he's ready. Physically he might be, mentally no."

Meanwhile other stable star, Weona Smartone is looking to post a fifth consecutive win after finishing 5th on debut in December 2019 and going unbeaten in all 4 wins since. 

Odds for the Vandyke trained four-year-old has been an odds-on favourite in each of his five career starts, recording wins at $1.80, $1.24, $1.80 and $1.20.

Weona Smartone is a dual acceptor on the card but it looks likely that the gelding will be scratched from the Class 5 on Wednesday.


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