SYMPHONY SO SWEET AFTER A SOUR START
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.