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By Graham Potter | Monday, April 4, 2022

Wins don’t come much easier than Street Dancer’s six length romp at Doomben in a Class 1 Plate over 2060m on April 4.

The bookmakers had run scared before the race offering odds of no better than $1,75 on the David Vandyke trained runner at the off, and they were already crying into their money-bags at the top of the straight from where Street Dancer proceeded to put his nine rivals to the sword in no uncertain terms with five of his opponents failing to get within 11.50 lengths of the winner.

During his time with trainer Anthony Cummings, before he was transferred to the Vandyke stable, Street Dancer’s nine runs included a runner-up finish in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes behind Love Tap, who would go on to run fourth to the very well performed Montefilia in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at his next start.

Clearly there was plenty of potential simmering below the surface there with Street Dancer, but he failed to capitalise on that in his three remaining starts with Cummings, before being sidelined for a lengthy period of time.

Street Dancer was away from race action from the end of January 2021 until he reappeared in his first run for the Vandyke stable in a Class 1 Plate over 1600m at Eagle Farm on March 16 where he was beaten into second place by Laraina.

This time, with that first-up run under his belt and stepping up to a more suitable distance, Street Dancer never got out of second gear when strolling home under an armchair ride from Ryan Maloney, who took the liberty of taking a glance behind coming through the 100m … there was literally nothing to see … before easing his mount down over the closing stages.

Clearly more testing assignments await Street Dancer moving forward … but, as far as firing an opening salvo was concerned, this was a great start to his life as a David Vandyke runner.

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