Cel­e­bra­tion to con­tinue in au­tumn

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES 2019 MEM­BER­SHIP HAND­I­CAP

TRAINER Ron Quin­ton praised the fight in Royal Cel­e­bra­tion as he made it two straight wins yes­ter­day at Rose­hill Gar­dens.

The Ex­cel­e­bra­tion three­year-old colt had to get go­ing early to chase down Co­terie and Baller af­ter they set a crack­ing pace.

But Royal Cel­e­bra­tion ‘ate’ into their lead to get past Co­terie late by a half head, con­ced­ing 3.5kg in weight to the run­ner-up.

“It was a very, very game and de­ter­mined win with that weight,’’ Quin­ton said. “He had to chase a long way out so I’m very proud of him.

“He can still im­prove a bit with more ma­tu­rity and he’ll come back now for the au­tumn af­ter go­ing out for a lit­tle rest.”

Quin­ton will look to the $1 mil­lion Inglis Sprint (1100m) for three-year-olds at War­wick Farm on Fe­bru­ary 9.

“I think he’ll get a mile, no trou­ble, but we’ll set him for the Inglis race over 1100m in Fe­bru­ary,’’ Quin­ton said.

“I think he’ll be a good chance in a race like that when fresh. It’s hard to know what level he’ll get to but he’s run sec­ond to The Au­tumn Sun, sec­ond to Gem Song and sec­ond to Yu­long Jan­uary and he’s get­ting bet­ter each time.

“I think The Au­tumn Sun is go­ing to be the next ‘best horse in the coun­try’.”

Jockey An­drew Ad­kins said it was a ner­vous run to the line but he was al­ready look­ing for­ward to see­ing Royal Cel­e­bra­tion come back a bet­ter horse next prepa­ra­tion.

“I thought I was go­ing to get them at the 300m,’’ Ad­kins said. “It was a lot bet­ter win than it looked be­cause he was chas­ing them a long way out and giv­ing away weight.

“They went at bal­lis­tic speed which didn’t suit me from the 500m be­cause he had to come out of his com­fort zone.”

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