Symphony strikes Stakes Gold as Triple Crown land double
LESS than 24 hours after Redzel produced a gallant display to finish a neck runner-up in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Randwick, Triple Crown were at the double as Gold Symphony struck at Stakes level at Canberra’s premier meeting when dominant in the Listed National Sprint, while the Mick Price-trained Exacting, having his first start for over six months, burst clear to take a pleasing win at Wangaratta under Daniel Moor.
Sent off a $5.50 chance, Gold Symphony jumped well from barrier 7 to settle in midfield off a good pace under Kerrin McEvoy. When the gap appeared in the straight, the four-year-old was ruthless in exploiting it, taking a commanding win ahead of fast-finishing Group 2 winner Happy Clapper.
Gold Symphony has been a revelation after being gelded following his last campaign and this success at Listed level marked his second win of the preparation, pocketing $168,000 for his last five runs and taking his total career earnings to $417,500.
The money-spinner secured his third win at Stakes level following two Group 3 wins earlier in his career, to leave his merry band of owners delighted with the $100,000 yearling purchase.
Following the win co-trainer Paul Snowden outlined plans for the Brisbane Winter Carnival for the leading son of Reward For Effort.
“It was good to see the horse win, he has been running quite well of late,” he said.
“He was afforded a lovely ride by Macca, the speed was on most of the way and he had them in his sights heading for home and it was matter of if or when.
“We’ve had it in our minds to give him a little break and head north in the winter with him. He’s a very good wet tracker. He works like he’s on a good three when it is wet at home.
“That’s his asset at the moment but to tick a few boxes along the way it gives us a great deal of confidence in him going forward.”
Stakes-level wins are what we all crave in this game but equally as enjoyable was a win for Exacting who, after recovering from issues with his knees, produced a scintillating display to take a Bench Mark 70 event at Wangaratta.
Still high from the euphoria of Gold Symphony’s triumph, just two hours later Exacting raised the heart rate once more as the four-year-old showed his class to return a three-quarter length winner.
The success marked a second win for the son of Sebring, who likewise had his patient owners in raptures.
Congratulations to both sets of owners, on what was a fruitful and enjoyable weekend for The Red army!