SA guns for Guineas rematch
TONY McEvoy will try to map the perfect path to the $2m Caulfield Guineas with boom colt Royal Symphony after he pulled up perfectly following his stunning win at Flemington on Saturday.
Royal Symphony firmed form $5 into a dominant $3.10 favourite with UBET for the Guineas on October 16, McEvoy now weighing-up which route he will take to the race.
McEvoy had originally planned to head towards the $200,000 Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on October 29, while the $175,000 Group 3 Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield two days later could be his next start.
Fellow Adelaide trainer Phillip Stokes is also planning the path to the Guineas with Eclair Sunshine who was brave in defeat behind Royal Symphony at his Melbourne debut.
“It took a superstar to beat him,’’ Stokes said.
Stokes said there was enormous upside to Eclair Sunshine who looked the winner when he broke clear before being run down on the line.
“He’s a really exciting horse,’’ Stokes said.
“It was the first time he’s travelled, he still did things wrong so there is a lot of upside going forward. I’m very happy with how he’s pulled-up.’’
Stokes said he was confident the horse would thrive around a turn at Caulfield.
“We’ll look towards either the Prelude in a fortnight or we might go three weeks into the Poseidon Stakes (1400m).
“We’ll still umming and ahhing about the Guineas but it is a $2m race and you don’t get them every day.’’
FAV: Royal Symphony stars.