Symphony is on song
Trainer upbeat on flying colt regaining gloss after loss
TRAINER Tony McEvoy is confident Royal Symphony is ready to run the race of his life in today’s Caulfield Guineas.
Although Royal Symphony has drifted in the betting from $3.90 to $4 with TAB fixed odds, McEvoy believes he can regain the gloss he lost at his last start when he suffered his first defeat in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
There is solid support for star three-year-old filly Catchy who has firmed from $5 into $4.80 and the third favourite Kementari is solid in the betting at $5.50.
“We need everything to go right. The horse is bright and well and I think he’s ready to peak, not the other way around,” McEvoy said.
Royal Symphony suffered his first defeat at his last start when fourth in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, but the trainer said that effort was as good if not better than his four preceding wins.
“He didn’t do anything wrong at his last start, except he got beaten, to change my thoughts on,” McEvoy said.
Since that run, McEvoy has added winkers to Royal Symphony and he believes that will make a difference.
“He’s really accepted the winkers and has worked well in them,” he said.
McEvoy said the Caulfield Guineas on paper was going to be a high-pressure race, which is what would suit his colt.
McEvoy is hoping Royal Symphony can provide him with a second Group One winner since he left Lindsay Park to set up on his own right.
Earlier in the year, he won the Australian Guineas with Hey Doc.
McEvoy’s other runner, Azazel, has firmed from $41 into $34 and he believes he’s ready to run a huge race.
“He’s been drawing out in tougher races and been racing well. He’s drawn beautifully tomorrow and in trackwork there’s not a hair’s breath between them,” McEvoy said.
“He’s flown under the radar and I think that he’ll run a big race.”
McEvoy also has three- year-old filly Mintha in the Thousand Guineas and believes she’ll be suited by the step up to 1600m.
“She’s a good-quality filly and she’ll acquit herself well,” he said.
ROYAL RIDE: Dwayne Dunn will pilot Royal Symphony for Tony McEvoy in today’s Caulfield Guineas,