Celebration to continue in autumn
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.”