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By Graham Potter | Sunday, November 7, 2021

The David Vandyke stable scored six wins from twenty-four runners during the month of October … a very healthy twenty-five percent winning strike-rate … and they certainly wasted no time in getting the scoreboard moving again in November.

On Friday, November 5, at their home track at the Sunshine Coast, Deep Tempest and Demurral both secured victories for the stable and, just two days later, on Sunday November 7, at the same venue, Cotton Fields and Gypsy Goddess put another double on the board for Vandyke making it two home track doubles in three days for the stable.

Deep Tempest, a lightly raced the three-year-old, was only having his second race start off the back of a fourth placed debut run in a Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Maiden over 1200m on October 17 at the Sunshine Coast when unwanted in the betting at $14.

This time Deep Tempest jumped as $2.15 favourite and the son of Ocean Park duly saluted, crossing the line with a clear-cut 1.30 length winning margin.

Ryan Maloney jumped Deep Tempest into a perfect spot. He landed second and he allowed Deep Tempest just to track the $151 leader Devil all of the way into the home straight.

When Devil predictably weakened early in the straight, Maloney pushed Deep Tempest into the lead and, once there, while Beanhugged ($5.50) and Iron Saint ($3.50) did give some cheek racing either side of the Vandyke trained runner, the result was never really in doubt with Deep Tempest staying strongly to the line to put his first career victory on the board.

For his part, Demurral was having only his second start for his new stable. The Not A Single Doubt gelding had arrived at the Vandyke stable already a three time winner from nine starts in North Queensland for trainer Glena Bell.

In his first start for Vandyke, on October 3, Demurral finished third in a BM62 Handicap over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast. Now, a month later, on November 5, Demurral was asked to step up in distance to the 1800m trip, in another BM62 Handicap at the same track.

Ryan Maloney took Demurral ($3.40) back from his wide draw and he trailed the leader Shy Girl ($6) by some eight lengths in the early part. Demurral was still last as the field started to swing towards the home turn, but Maloney was now angling out wider onto the track to try and line up a clear shot at them in the home straight.

Demurral was four wide on straightening and he was brushed and taken out slightly further by Outback Gladiator ($4.40) at the top of the straight, but that was only a minor inconvenience, and, from there, was set about his task with meaning by Maloney.

Demurral’s response was steady and sure and, under a mostly hands and heels ride, he gradually reeled in Shy Girl, who was gamely looking to make every post a winning one, heading the frontrunner in the closing stages to win going away by half-a-length in very comfortable fashion.

These results on the Friday night produced a perfect start to the weekend.

Another stable double on Sunday would round off the weekend in style!

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Demurral ... both pictured at a previous assignment

Photos: Graham Potter
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