The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

EX­CEP­TIONAL horses have a rare knack of avert­ing cri­sis, per­haps spar­ing jock­eys’ blushes in the process.

Royal Sym­phony man­aged pre­cisely that with a su­perb tri­umph in an in­ter­fer­ence-marred Pin & Win Plate (1400m) at Flem­ing­ton.

Badly pock­eted at the 400m mark yes­ter­day, Dwayne Dunn coolly wove through the field be­fore Royal Sym­phony tight­ened his grip on Caulfield Guineas favouritism with a stun­ning win.

Dunn shook his head in dis­be­lief af­ter over­haul­ing Eclair Sun­shine to score by a head.

Ju­bi­la­tion was pos­si­bly one fac­tor be­hind Dunn’s head­shak­ing but frus­tra­tion at the rough-house tac­tics of ri­val jock­eys was per­haps an­other.

“He got smashed early and to his credit he put up with that,” Dunn said be­fore stew­ards ques­tioned Ben Mel­ham (Mighty Boss) and Re­gan Bayliss (Eclair Sun­shine).

“I just had to ride him for luck and when the luck came, he ac­cel­er­ated. Good horses get you out of trou­ble.

“On the cor­ner turn­ing in, I thought ‘I’m in trou­ble here, I’m fin­ished’.”

Watch­ing anx­iously, trainer Tony McEvoy al­most re­signed him­self to de­feat.

“I threw the baby out with the bath wa­ter and ev­ery­thing at the 400 but Dwayne just kept him bal­anced and got him home,” McEvoy said.

“He was very fresh com­ing into to­day but I thought he was fit enough and thank­fully he got the job done. I wanted him ready to win to­day be­cause I wanted to pro­tect his record but I didn’t want him peak­ing.

“He’ll peak in mid-Oc­to­ber.”

STAR: Royal Sym­phony.

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