A year ago David Vandyke had four horses in work at Warwick Farm as he set about rebuilding a career he had turned his back on a decade earlier.
Now he has a stable of around 22 including the Metropolitan favourite Lamasery and Miss Marx, who runs in the Listed Testa Rossa at Caulfield on Sunday.
Vandyke's perseverance with the injury and illness plagued Lamasery has reaped its rewards and the trainer also maintains a hands-on approach to the others in his care.
One of those is Servimoss who runs at Canterbury on Wednesday in the Gow-Gates Insurance Handicap.
In four starts for Vandyke, Servimoss has run two placings followed by wins at Hawkesbury and the annual Black Nugget Cup at Mudgee where he originally raced and where his owner Arthur Collins lives.
He steps up to 1900 metres for the first time at Canterbury but Vandyke has no concerns.
"He's going great," Vandyke said.
"It was very special for the owner when he went back to Mudgee and won the Cup last start.
"Now we'd like to get a city win for him and I think the small field will be in his favour."
Servimoss is the second favourite behind the Chris Waller-trained Coup Acclaim who is one of four starters for the premier trainer in the seven-horse field.
As always, Vandyke is treading warily with Lamasery but says his recovery from his Hill Stakes win on Saturday has pleased him.
"I'm happier with him after the Hill Stakes than I was after the Chelmsford," he said.
"He has recovered better.
"He always leaves a bit of feed after he races but he's good now."
"I'd love him to win a Group One but if he doesn't get to the Metropolitan that's OK too.
"He's a Group Two winner of the Hill Stakes and I'd be happy to retire him with that."
Miss Marx surprised many with her effort to hold out all but More Joyous in the Sheraco Stakes.
After leading until halfway down the straight, Miss Marx was beaten 1-1/2 lengths by the great mare and finished a half neck in front of dual Group One winner Streama to earn a trip to Melbourne for the Listed Testa Rossa (1200m).