Having muscled his way to the feed bin as a foal at Romsey’s Wingrove Park, unbeaten three-year-old Royal Symphony (Domesday) did the same to his opposition at Flemington on Saturday.
Seemingly gone at the 300 metre mark, the remarkable colt found a scintillating way to win the Listed VRC Pin & Win Plate at Flemington.
Trainer Tony McEvoy said he had consigned himself to defeat until his horse somehow conjured the victory.
“I threw the baby out with the bathwater at the 400, but Dwayne kept him balanced and got him out, it was really special. He’s a game day horse, when the bell rings, he’s there. That’s what you need to be a high-class racehorse.”
“After the slow start, I just had to ride him for luck, and when the luck came, he accelerated. Good horses get you out of trouble, and fortunately, he has a brilliant turn of foot,” said jockey Dwayne Dunn.
Wingrove Park’s Daira and Joe Vella were present at Flemington and were bursting with pride immediately after the outstanding win.
“We knew he was a champion, even as a youngster,” Joe enthused.
Joe said the young colt displayed his determined racing attitude back at the farm when growing up.
(Royal Symphony was sold by the Vellas as a yearling via Inglis’ online sales channel Bloodstock.com.au for a purported $20,000.)
“He may have been the last to get to the feed bin, but he bit and muscled the other horses out of his way and always worked his way to the front, he was a very determined colt.
“When he was in with all the fillies, they really gave it to him. He had to develop a tough, resilient attitude as a young horse, and he definitely needed to draw on every bit of that today.”
Royal Symphony is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Hoodlum and is the eighth winner and the last foal of Naturalist, a three-quarter sister-in-blood to multiple Group 1 winner Naturalism and Queensland Oaks winner Crystal Palace.
“His dam is Naturalist, from the Naturalism line, and all our horses are line-bred…Royal Symphony is bred from The Minstrel and Hail To Reason lines to achieve this successful combination and to bring these two influences together,” said Joe.
The Vellas maintain a strong interest in Royal Symphony’s family and have at least one half-sister in their small broodmare band in the Marauding mare Siding Spring. She has produced some handy types including city winning Primitive Man.
Meanwhile, the Group 1 MRC Caulfield Guineas over 1600 metres on October 14 is the main goal for Royal Symphony. He is now a $3.00 fixed odds favourite with tab.com.au.