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By Graham Potter | Saturday, November 5, 2022

A city double is always a good result … and when that double success arrives on a Saturday it is even better.

That’s what trainer David Vandyke achieved on November 5 at Doomben when Amity Gal and Without Revenge saluted in a BM70 Handicap over 1200m and in a Class 3 Plate over 1640m respectively.

As has been well documented, Amity Gal is a full sister to the dual Group 1 winner Duais (who won the 2021 Queensland Oaks and the 2022 Australia Cup), and thus her progress was always going to be closely watched, particularly after she came out and won well on debut.

She did take another four runs before posting her second victory, but she has not looked back since then, having won three of her last four starts, since resuming after a five month break away from race action.

And this one was relatively easy.

Jim Byrne pushed Amity Gal (who started second favourite at $3.60) up from a wide draw to settle in second spot, just outside the early leader Cossie ($16).

Cossie then increased the tempo, trying to break up the field, and that left Amity Gal with a two length deficit to make up as Cossie carted the field through the sweep to the home turn.

Cossie was travelling well enough on straightening, but Byrne was quick to give Amity Gal her cue to go out and reel in the frontrunner and she was alongside Cossie approaching the 200m mark … before quickly gained the ascendency, taking over the running just inside the 200m mark after which the result was never in doubt, with Amity Gal coming via a healthy two length margin.

The British import Without Revenge was just as impressive when winning with complete authority … like any $1,80 chance should win.

The son of Muhaarar was a two-time winner from eleven starts in Britain (winning up to 2020m) before being relocated to Australia.

His first run in Australia came a full twelve months after his last start in Britain, so he would have been entitled to have some ring-rust on that occasion, but he was still good enough to turn his local debut into a winning one when he saluted at the Sunshine Coast on October 7.

Now, three weeks later, he would keep his local unbeaten record intact in impressive fashion when stepping up to 1640m (from 1400m) in his first run at a Metropolitan meeting.

Ryan Maloney found a beautiful position early, allowing Without Revenge to settle in a comfortable third place in the early part … and he was still prepared to keep a watching brief on the two leaders all of the way down the back stretch.

Maloney made his move approaching the home turn, closing ground and switching out wider into clear running and Without Revenge quickly had the drop on the leaders on straightening, and Maloney kept the run going, allowing Without Revenge to slip into the lead by the 250m mark.

From there Without Revenge stayed strong all the way to the line to score by 1.50 lengths, a good effort second-up after such a long layoff under the steadying burden of 59kg.

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Amity Gal (above and below)
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Without Revenge
Without Revenge
Photos: Darren Winningham
Photos: Darren Winningham
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