Symphony Strikes Gold At Warwick Farm

GOLD SYMPHONY had his rivals dancing to his tune at Warwick Farm on Saturday, as the recently gelded four-year-old produced a rejuvenated performance to land the Schweppes Handicap over 1400m.

The outsider of the four-runner field at $9, jockey Kerrin McEvoy delivered a clever ride, cutting the corner on the inside before the two-time Group 3 winner sprinted clear down the straight to register a comfortable two-length victory.

And it is the decision to geld the son of Reward For Effort that Paul Snowden credits with his return to form: “Gelding him has been the defining thing in switching him on,” he said. “When he won early on in his career they were Group races and, being a son of Reward For Effort, some studs would look for a cheap stallion by him.

“Once he started to plateau and lose his way there was no reason to keep him as a colt.”

Gold Symphony had shown encouraging signals from his first up run at Rosehill, where he was beaten just one and a half lengths on December 24, and Snowden added that there could be more to come.

“Kerrin saved every inch of ground, left him alone and rode him to suit the horse and he’s come home on top. He’s been flying under the radar in the lesser races but the runs haven’t been too bad there were little things to say he could bounce back.

“He’s a fit horse and will take a lot of benefit from today, if we place him right hopefully we can get another victory on the board.”

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Further Triple Crown runners are in action this week, with More Moet and Chavish at Canterbury Park on Wednesday, while on the same afternoon at Eagle Farm Courtza King goes for the Tony Gollan yard.

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