Sym­phony is on song

Trainer up­beat on fly­ing colt re­gain­ing gloss af­ter loss

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

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.

Pic­ture: VINCE CALIGIURI/GETTY

ROYAL RIDE: Dwayne Dunn will pi­lot Royal Sym­phony for Tony McEvoy in to­day’s Caulfield Guineas,

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