Top colt Royal Symphony, unbeaten in four starts, is the one to beat in the time honoured Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield on October 14.
Leading trainer Tony McEvoy is quietly confident that the son of Domesday can match it with the best of them, especially after his great run at Flemington where he came from a near impossible position to get up in the last stride.
He has proved time and time again that he can overcome difficulties in the races that he has contested.
At present Royal Symphony is being quoted at just under each way odds, which I feel is very good odds.
At the time of going to press Royal Symphony was competing in the Guineas Prelude at Caulfield.
On the second line is the smart filly Catchy, who won the Blue Diamond early this year, and has come back well since.
Under the care of leading trainers, David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, she hasn’t put a foot wrong, but the colt is strong.
I feel she is a better chance of winning the One Thousand Guineas for the Fillies at Caulfield, she is competing in the Fillies prelude at Caulfield as we go to press.
An interesting runner is Gold Standard, in the care of top trainer Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, who missed a place for the first time in five starts in the Golden Rose at Rosehill, officially fourth behind Trapeze Artist.
The James Cummings-trained Kementari is in the market at double figure odds, but is yet to produce the goods although as mentioned in a previous column, former top jockey Darren Beadman, now with the Godolpin Group,does like him very much.
He, with Gold Standard, is on $11, joined by Victorian galloper Merchant Navy, who failed to flatter in the Golden Rose after an unbeaten start to his career.
Prepared by top young Victorian trainer, Ciaron Maher, the son of Fastnet Rock, never looked a chance in the Golden Rose, and would have to improve, but he will be playing at home in the Guineas.
Also at $11 is the Golden Rose winner, Trapeze Artist, who surprised at $41.
He is prepared by one of Australia’s most astute trainers, Gerald Ryan, who had the favourite Menari in the ‘Rose’, who finished third.
Prior to the running he declared that Menari was a good thing, and only bad luck could beat him, but the stablemate came home.
After the race he gave Trapeze Artist a chance at big odds; I wish he would have said that before the race.
I am sticking with the South Australian colt, Royal Symphony, he looks the complete package.
Racing Victoria stewards were kept busy on Makybe Diva Stakes Day at Flemington with a number of well fancied horses failing to flatter.
Punters were not all happy when stewards allowed the well fancied South Australian filly, Roomooz, a last start winner being allowed to take her place in the field in race one.
She crashed into the mounting yard fence prior to the race, was checked by the vet, but allowed to run.
Punters who had backed the filly were not happy when she was gone along way out and her rider, Luke Currie, eased her right down in the concluding stages.
From the same race the favourite, Jorda, from the Godolphin camp, was well backed, but her rider, Kerrin Mc Evoy, said the straight run didn’t suit the filly.
Stewards called for a vet examination which revealed that she had a slow recovery rate and a swab example was taken for analysis.
In the second the odds on favourite and ruling Caulfield Guineas favourite, Royal Symphony was in more trouble than the early settlers.
Stewards found that he began awkwardly and then crowded for room. He suffered a number of incidents in the run, with his jockey, Dwayne Dunn, upset with a number of his fellow riders for not giving him a chance to get a clear run.
From race 3, stewards found that the favourite, Mr Sneaky, laid in under pressure from the 300 metres, allowing the leader and well backed second favourite, Theanswermyfriend, to skip away after leading and holding Mr Sneaky up in the run.
After the race Mr Sneaky’s rider, Dwayne Dunn, said his horse had only a 200 metre sprint, and he had to go early to try and catch the leader.
You had to be at Flemington or watching closely elsewhere to miss the run of top Western Australian sprinter, Scales of Justice.
When approaching the 200 metre mark for the finish, his rider, Brad Rawiller, gave him a cut with the whip which he resented and wobbled all over the place giving Brad a scare.
He finished a good second to the Newmarket winner, Redkirk Warrior.
The rider of the winner, Redkirk Warrior, who will race in the rich Everest Sprint in Sydney soon, Regan Bayliss, was fined $400, for using the whip for two consecutive strides on two separate occasions prior to the 100 metre mark.
Leading jockey, Craig Williams, was suspended for 23 meetings for causing Damian Lane to fall for Limestone.
Both jockey and Horse were found to be OK, and Williams admitted that he was in the wrong, and that he wouldn’t appeal the suspension.
In the Let’s Elope Stakes, one of the top fancies, Oregon’s Day, raced five wide, but after an examination after the race, was found to have a degree of mucus and also a degree of internal exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage, that would have affected the mare’s performance.
A vet clearance is required before she can race again.
To many the favourite in the Lets Elope, I Am A Star, was disappointing, but as her rider, explained pulling up that her weight of 59 kilos, was too much of a burden for the lightly framed mare.
Top Sydney galloper, Le Romain, failed to show his best, but there were reasons.
A post-race veterinary exam revealed a slow recovery and post-race endoscopy detected a degree of internal exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage that may have affected the gelding’s performance.
A vet clearance is required before he can race again.
– Ted Ryan