Emerald City could return south

EmeraldCitycouldreturnsouth

November6,20163:15pm。

byAAP

VastlyimprovedstayerEmeraldCitycouldhaveearnedhimselfatripbacktoSydneybycompletingahat-trickofBrisbanewins。

TrainedbyDavidVandyke,EmeraldCitybeatahandyfieldofstayersinSaturdaysOpenHcp(2000m)atDoomben。

EmeraldCitywascomingbackindistancefrom2400mandwithalackofgenuinestayingracesinBrisbaneforopencompanyhorses,histrainerisconsideringsomeofthesummerdistanceracesinSydney。

Vandyke,whomovedtotheSunshineCoastearlierthisyear,travelledtoSydneyandMelbournethisspringwithYankeeRosewhowontheSpringChampionStakesandfinishedthirdintheCoxPlatebeforeherOaksfailureafterwhichshewasfoundtohaveabonechip。

HewasbackwithhishometeamonSaturdayincludingEmeraldCity。

Itishardtoturnhimoutforaspellwhenheisracingsowell,Vandykesaid。

Hewascomingbackfrom2400metresbutwehadbeenabletofreshenhimup。

VandykesaidEmeraldCity,racedbyhisgoodfriendSamMayer,hadoriginallybeenconsideredaMetropolitanHandicaphorse。

ButhewentofftheboilandwebroughthimupherewherewethoughthemightbeaTownsvilleCuporRockhamptonCuphorseinthewinter,Vandykesaid。

Hewasntreadyforthatbuthehaswonthreemetropolitanracesinarowandthatisveryhardtodo。

VandykegetsanextrabuzzeachtimeMayergetsawinner。

Hislastsevenstartersformehaveproducedsevenwinners。

InvincibleExpresshaswonfourinarowandnowEmeraldCityhaswonthreeonthetrot,Vandykesaid。

SamwastheonewhogotmebackintotrainingaboutsixyearsagowithahorsecalledLamasery。

HekeptatmetocomebacktotrainingandIeventuallydidit。