The Courier-Mail

No end to Eagle Farm boycott


AS DAVID Vandyke aims to win a Stakes race with Dissolutio­n on his home Sunshine Coast track on Saturday, the trainer says he had no immediate plans to end his ban on racing his horses at Eagle Farm.

While the Eagle Farm surface has generally received more positive feedback over the last two meetings it has hosted, Vandyke’s ban will remain for the time being.

Dissolutio­n, a $10 chance in the Listed Tattersall’s Members’ Cup ( 1600m) at t the Sunshine Coast, was one of a trio of horses s that sparked Vandyke’s (pictured) ban on racing on the Eagle Farm track when they underperfo­rmed there on January 2.

Dissolutio­n has since won consecutiv­e races at Doomben in impressive fashion.

Many trainers remain sceptical about a maintenanc­e program being able to fix Eagle Farm issues and restore the track to its former greatness.

“I don’t want to race back at Eagle Farm off the back of one or two meetings which people say have improved, I want to see some consistenc­y in the medium term for me to race my horses on that surface,” Vandyke says.

“I am keeping an eye on how the track plays, studying the stewards’ reports, I am talking to jockeys and participan­ts. I could be back there in a few weeks or it might be a few years, I don’t know.

“I don’t want to start racing back there if I’m not confident the track is going to play well for the medium to longer term.

“The Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Doomben are beautiful tracks and they are all playing so well.”

So what of the prospects of Dissolutio­n making it three on the bounce and becoming a Stakes winner on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday?

Vandyke says the son of Snitzel is ready to rumble and will be there to make his presence felt.

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