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Trainer David Vandyke shoots for the stars with Astronomos

“I didn’t think he would get there,’’ trainer David Vandyke said. “At the half-mile I could see Jason (Collett) niggling at him but the horse wasn’t picking up.

Jason Collett drives Astronomos through to score at Randwick. Picture: Mark Evans

Jason Collett drives Astronomos through to score at Randwick. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

ASTRONOMOS wasn’t entitled to win but like good horses do, he found a way.

The hot favourite was stuck in inferior going close to the rail, trapped inside horses and struggling to accelerate in the heavy track conditions.

But the British-bred stayer showed rare determination and real class to burst through to take out the Tab.com.au Handicap (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

“Thinking about it, maybe that hard run 10 days ago took a little bit out of him because he seemed a little flat.

“On that run, you would think he was looking for 2400m now. But it was so encouraging to see him win again and that is what this horse does — he keeps winning.’’

Astronomos, confidently backed into $2.60 favouritism, finally bullocked his way into the clear and finished too well for Dure ($15) with Campania ($14) a half-head away.

Vandyke has had some very good distances horses including Lamasery and Prince Cheri but he rates Astronomos as the most exciting stayer he has trained.

David Vandyke will target The Metropolitan with Astronomos.

David Vandyke will target The Metropolitan with Astronomos. Source: News Corp Australia

“We will back off with him now and then look to the spring carnival,’’ he said. “I will bring him back and take him through the grades leading into The Metropolitan.

“We have been promising to win a Group 1 race and promising to win a Metropolitan.

“Prince Cheri and Lamasery both started favourite in The Metropolitan so we have been thereabouts and know what is required to get there.’’

Astronomos scored his fifth win from just seven starts but this was his first test at 2000m.

Vandyke is convinced the further in distance Astronomos goes, the better he will be in the spring.

“The luxury we have now is we have a fit horse — he is coming good, so we can back off him a little bit and we still have a wonderful platform going towards the spring,’’ Vandyke said. “We are not playing catch-up, we can just keep him ticking over. He loves being in work and for a stallion he is very well-natured.’’

Vandyke said he will try to keep Astronomos and Prince Cheri on separate paths during the spring.

“Prince Cheri is coming along well and I may follow a Melbourne path into the Caulfield Cup with him,’’ Vandyke said. “It is hard to compare Prince Cheri and Astronomos because they are different styles of horses.

“Prince Cheri shows you everything in his trackwork and races but Astronomos is a very lazy worker. For a horse stepping up to 2000m for the first time today, he just switched off and relaxed which is a very good sign for a stayer.’’

Originally published as Vandyke shoots for the stars with Astronomos

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Posted July 12, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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