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By Graham Potter | Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The David Vandyke trained Orbisyn earned a pass mark when he won first-up in a Class 4 Handicap over 1100m at Ipswich on October 19.

And that was all the stable wanted to see.

This was not the time to light up the formline … hopefully those sparks will come later … but rather this was a run designed to ease the well performed son of Rich Enuff back into competitive racing after a four month break from race action.

First-up, carrying 60.5kg, giving a weight advantage to all seven of his rivals over a distance probably short of his best arguably turned his comeback outing very much into a test run, and so a win in any circumstances would have been a satisfactory result … and he duly achieved that.

The record books will show that Orbisyn, who was solidly supported as the $1.90 favourite, only got home by a fast diminishing 0.20 length margin at the line from his only market rival Shamaton ($3.80) … but that was enough to take his race record to five wins from only seven starts and you can’t argue with that.

It also pushed Orbisyn’s stake earnings past the $100 000 mark … a far cry perhaps from the amounts of the big money offers to purchase Orbisyn that were made after he had won all of his first four career starts by daylight, but those offers were rejected because the owner wanted to race the horse.

That plan is back on track … and who knows where it might lead.

In the race iitself, it didn’t take Paul Hamblin long to take Orbisyn to the front and he took up the running soon after the break, stretching the field out to the tune of seven lengths in the early part.

The field closed up to be covered by five lengths in the sweep to the home turn with the $14 chance Abdicating moving alongside Orbisyn, trying to annoy the leader on the turn, but Orbisyn quickly shrugged off that challenge on straightening and pulled clear by a couple of lengths, seemingly set to score an untroubled victory.

Shamaton and the $21 outsider Spinning Spirit were not quite done with yet though, and both of these runners began making rapid progress over the final 200m, coming from five and six lengths back respectively, to rattle home and make the finish an interesting one until the very last stride.

That’s job done for now … leaving trainer David Vandyke to weigh up the options of where to take Orbisyn next.

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