Gold Symphony wins trial in lead up to Stradbroke

GOLD SYMPHONY tuned up for a crack at the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap with a convincing trial win at Randwick on Friday morning.

The two-time Group 3 winner was in fine form as he eased up to the leaders from a wide run in the 1045m trial, finishing ahead of Godolphin’s Stakes performer Grunderzeit and his Group 3-winning stablemate Acatour, in what was a highly competitive trial.

WATCH: a full replay of the trial here

Gold Symphony is 16th on the order of entry for the $1.5 million UBET-sponsored race, now taking place at Doomben over a reduced trip of 1350m.

With a maximum field size of 16, the four-year-old gelding will be lining up in Queensland next weekend should the winner of Saturday’s Group 2 Moreton Cup not take up their automatic slot, and carries good form into the race having finished third behind subsequent Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup winner Clearly Innocent in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes at Scone on May 13, and reopposes here with a favourable 5kg swing in the weights.

Peter Snowden said: “He trialed well. It was a soft trial but he was given a squeeze late on and he ran right through the line.

“We’re just in for the Stradbroke at the moment and if everything falls our way on Saturday he’ll be in for a great chance next weekend.”

Seeking to take advantage of the changes to Saturday’s Moreton Cup is Triple Crown’s Dothraki, who turns his attention to the 1200m race after winning a trial at Rosehill on Monday, May 26.

“He’s done everything right since his trial,” said Peter Snowden. “His blinkers will stay on as I thought he trialed particularly well in that head gear on Monday. I’m happy with the horse and he’s in good order.

“This is a good opportunity for him and we’ll look to take advantage.”