Tony. You've got to be in it to win it.

September 21, 2017

Tony McEvoy's unbeaten 3yo colt Royal Symphony at this point looks the only real threat to Winx's attempt to win three Cox Plates.


That is, if he takes his place in the race.


After winning first up at Flemington from what seemed to be an impossible position at the 400 metre mark, this colt looks to be the real deal.


After three starts as a two-year old in the autumn, Royal Symphony won all his starts including the Listed Gibson Carmichael over 1600 metres at Flemington. He spaced his rivals in each of his starts.


The boom colt took his unbeaten record to four wins last week. Jockey Dwayne Dunn weaved some magic down the Flemington straight. Magic only possible with some serious horse power under saddle.


At this stage trainer Tony McEvroy has all eyes focussed on the stallion making race, the Group 1 Caufiled Guineas.


Tony has indicated that the horse will more than likely have another lead up run in the Listed Caulfield Guineas Prelude over 1400 metres before his Group 1 assualt.


The Guineas is the obvious target for this campaign. A race for three year olds run over a mile and at set weights, winning this race would see Royal Symphony's value as a stallion sour. Guessing he'd be valued around the $20M mark at that point. Easy decision from here would be to spell the horse with a view towards the autumn. 


That would be the temptation. It's also the easy way out.


Unfortunately it would leave racing fans drolling at what could of been.


Possible a bigger temptation could loom if Royal Symphony won the Guineas and pulled up in good order after the race.


With the Group 1 Cox Plate just two weeks later, and with $3,050,000 prizemoney on offer, ordinarily connections would be chomping at the bit to take out Australia's best race.


As a three year old, Royal Symphony would carry just 49.5 kilograms.


But there's just one big hurdle to get to the major prize.


Her name is Winx and she'll go down as one of the all time greats. In fact she's already there.


She can be mentioned in the same sentence as Phal Lap, Tuilloch, Kingston Town and Black Caviar.


Winx is a freak racehorse and she loves The Valley.

She has demolished her rivals by massive margins at both her runs in the Cox Plate and many beleive she only needs to show up raceday to equal Kingston Town's record of three Cox Plate wins.


Tony McEvoy has already indicated that he's not overly keen on taking on the great mare with Royal Symphony. He has stated that a whipping at the hands of Winx could dint the colt's confidence. 


But imagine if Royal Symphony improved over the longer distance of the Cox Plate. His racing style suggets that he could.


Imagine for a minute that with the light weight, he could match it with Winx as they galloped past the school as they  approched the tight Moonee Valley turn.


Imagine the roar of the crowd. The energy of one of the world's greatest ampetheatres would be there for all to feel.


For mine it's not too hard to imagine that Royal Symphony could match it with Winx come Cox Plate Day.


Of course, more will be known over the coming weeks as we get closer to that great race.

I for one would love to have the conundrum that will face Team McEvoy and his team of owners as their champ progresses through the spring.


 Dwayne Dunn skakes his head in disbelief as Royal Symphony wins last week. (Picture -


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