Testimonials



Kevin Maloney (above) and Breakfast In Bed after winning at Canterbury.
Kevin Maloney (above) and Breakfast In Bed after winning at Canterbury.

“I class David as more than a trainer, it is a partnership. He is a manager of Segenhoe’s assets and he does a great job.

He has the experience and superb ability to train thoroughbred athletes to achieve their maximum outcome. He cares for and knows his horses backwards, the characteristics and idiosyncrasies of every horse under his care. He is as good as any horse whisper that you can get.

He has done a wonderful job with Breakfast In Bed. He is a good improver of thoroughbreds and gets the best out of tried horses.

David uses the facilities at Warrick Farm to the utmost advantage, with his assistant trainer Dr Michael Robinson he gets the best out of the horses under his care.”

Kevin Maloney
Chairman of Segenhoe Stud
(Breakfast In Bed, Tribal Art, Tulla Touch)


John McGrath
John McGrath

"It doesn’t surprise me that David has one of the best strike rates in the Australian racing scene.

He brings to the table a combination of a small boutique racing stable, very hands-on personal attention to his horses, a rural stabling and training environment in a city location with an exceptional training partner - Dr Michael Robinson. I believe Michael to be one of the most respected equine vets in the country.

In a game of inches, these type of advantages can mean the world of difference."

John McGrath
CEO - McGrath Estate Agents


 Another happy day at the races for Sam Mayer and his family as Lamasery wins one of his 11 victories.
Another happy day at the races for Sam Mayer and his family as Lamasery wins one of his 11 victories.

"David is an outstanding trainer. He always puts the horse first and never looks for shortcuts and he takes great pride in his horses performance and appearance.

His strike rate is second to none and I never hesitate in recommending David to anyone who wants a trainer who is honest and gets results."

Sam Mayer
CEO - Mayers Importers
(Lamasery, Less Is More, Magic In The Mix, Shippo)


Jocelyn is third from the right after Less Is More's win of the Listed Premier's Cup.
Jocelyn is third from the right after Less Is More's win of the Listed Premier's Cup.

"I have been lucky enough to be a part of the wonderful Australian racing industry for almost 50 years - first riding track and later as a breeder and owner. I've come across dozens of trainers and veterinary surgeons; some good, some bad and some brilliant. The team of David Vandyke and Dr Michael Robinson falls into the latter category.

Their genuine love of the horses, the care they lavish on them and the passion they show in getting them to reach their full potential is outstanding.

It's all about the horses, not just winning races. There is no way they would allow a horse onto the track if there was the slightest doubt about its fitness.

As an owner I appreciate their ability to make wise decisions, their honesty and their attention to keeping the owner "in the loop" at all times."

Jocelyn May
(Less Is More)





 Hidden Gem winning the 2nd of back to back Saturday races in Sydney for Terry and Wendy Mullens.
Hidden Gem winning the 2nd of back to back Saturday races in Sydney for Terry and Wendy Mullens.



"I would unreservedly recommend David to any owner wanting to have a more involved role in their horses’ racing path. David’s feedback on horses’ progress is unequalled by any other trainer I have been involved with both in accuracy and honesty.

I would say the best part about David is the interaction he has with owners. Racing and training plans are discussed openly. David always listens to input of the owners and has always got time to explain options. David and I have enjoyed a remarkable strike rate with our horses."

Terry Mullens
(Choice Words, Hidden Gem)


David Vandyke and Tony McAnulty in the parade ring at Flemington on Derby Day in Melbourne in 2012.
David Vandyke and Tony McAnulty in the parade ring at Flemington on Derby Day in Melbourne in 2012.


It was obvious from when we first met David that he has a special affinity with the thoroughbred.

His communication style is informative yet pragmatic; he encourages input from owners and his talented team to deliver the best outcomes for your horse.

His outstanding talent, knowledge and experience enable him to achieve success in a very unassuming way. This combined with his likable personality makes the racing experience very enjoyable.

We would have no hesitation in recommending David and the team to prospective owners.

Tony McAnulty
(Miss Marx)



 Nick Moraitis with Arabian Gold who has won over $300,000 in prizemoney this year.
Nick Moraitis with Arabian Gold who has won over $300,000 in prizemoney this year.


"David is a very honest trainer, he looks after his horses unbelievably well and they always look fantastic when he produces them.

Arabian Gold has been a great result and from the word go he told me he thought she had a bright future and he’s been spot on. I’ve given him a number of horses and will continue to give him horses. I can recommend him to anybody."

Nick Moraitis AO
(Arabian Gold)




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