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By Graham Potter | Saturday, August 14, 2021

The David Vandyke stable brought three runners to Eagle Farm on August 14 and went home with a winner, a third place and a fourth place result.

Dissolution (9), racing second-up, claimed the eighth win of his career when leading all of the way to take out an Open Handicap over 1600m.

The seven-year-old son of Snitzel jumped straight into the lead from the break and raced unchallenged at an ordinary tempo to the home turn.

Then, on straightening, jockey Mark Du Plessis asked Dissolution to lengthen his stride which he did on cue to leave his opposition chasing.

That they would do for the whole length of the straight without being able to reel in Dissolution who maintained a winning gallop all the way to the line.

Prioritise ($10) and Profit ($2.30) were closing late but, with Dissolution safely home, they had to settle for second and third placing respectively.

“I wasn’t surprised he won after they’d gone about 200m,” said Vandyke.

“Last time he missed the start. He is not a horse who likes to be back in the field. He likes to be up there.

“The plan was hopefully he would begin, and we would be in the first two. Well, he jumped out and I think he surprised Mark (Du Plessis). He landed two lengths in front. He had a beautiful time then. No-one took off and tried to upset the applecart and, as they started to turn he was obviously going to have a good kick… and kick he did.

“He ran home in 35 dead, so they would have had to work hard to catch him.

“He is just wonderful around the stable. He is just so easy to get on with. BK Racing sent him up to me last prep and he has had a wonderful time up here. He loves being a Queenslander.”

Mark Du Plessis added his thoughts.

“Last time, out of character, he was a bit slow away from the gates, so I stoked him up a bit and he just flew the gates. He can do that sort of thing when he is right … and I don’t think he is quite right yet.

“There will be improvement to come from today.”


One For Betty finished third in a BM78 Handicap over 2400m.

Weboughtazou finished fourth in a BM85 Handicap over 1200m. This result followed on the back of three successive second placings.

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