Champion trainer Peter Moody might be forced to reconsider the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign of Gold Symphony and look at a Caulfield Guineas run with the up-and-comer after a Vain Stakes 2015 win at Caulfield Racecourse.
The lightly-raced Reward For Effort colt had just his third career start in the $150,000 Group 3 KS Environmental Vain Stakes (1100m) on PB Lawrence Stakes Day after Moody and connections pulled him out of a 1400m race last weekend.
While the worry was the 1100m would be a bit sharp for the up-and-comer, Gold Symphony ($6.50) best handled the muddled pace and held on in a blanket finish to beat home the Team Hawkes-trained Top Me Up ($9.50) by a long neck.
Ridden by Dwayne Dunn Exceed And Excel gelding Top Me Up came off a first-up fourth to Demonstrate, who had zero luck during the Vain Stakes, and after a brave on speed run settled second behind the leader Ragazzo Del Corsa fought on strongly to hold for second.
In third finishing off this year’s Vain Stakes trifecta in the messily run race was then the John Sadler-trained Star Planet who was forced to race wide and deep throughout.
On debut Gold Symphony won at Mornington over 1200m by two lengths on July 2 before finishing second behind Jalan Jalan when beaten three lengths over the same distance down the Flemington straight a fortnight later.
Not being 100% and scratched from an event last weekend proved a blessing in disguise for the colt and the stable, Moody happy to see him win the Vain Stakes and continue to prove his potential.
“He did a good job,” Moody said post-win.
“We had him in last week…it ended up being a blessing in disguise.
“Back to 1100m we thought it might have been a shade short…but he toughed it out well.”
Jockey Glen Boss had the eventual Vain Stakes winner poised off the slow speed and Gold Symphony was able to run down Top Me Up after finding more late in the strange sprint race.
Without being unrealistic about the galloper’s chances off a late winter – early spring campaign, Moody said the initial aim was to give him a light prep with an eye on next year’s autumn majors.
“We had the feel to go to 1400m last week and he’ll get that distance, probably a mile,” Moody said.
“We’re not going to be unrealistic…he’s probably more likely to be aimed at the autumn.
“But we’ll look at other options if he pleases at home.”
If he backs up from the good Vain Stakes effort and continues to race well and impress, there’s a chance he will be tested in better company and stay on for a shot at the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10.
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2015 Vain Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 5 – 15/08/2015
|1||7||GOLD SYMPHONY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||–||5||55kg||$6.50|
|2||5||TOP ME UP||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||0.4L||4||55kg||$9.50|
|3||8||STAR PLANET Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John Sadler||Craig Williams||1.15L||8||55kg||$11|
|4||2||DEMONSTRATE Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John O’Shea||Patrick Moloney (a)||1.25L||7||55kg||$3.80F|
|5||1||STOKER Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Tony McEvoy||Damien Oliver||1.35L||10||56.5kg||$5|
|6||6||BRACCENBY||Peter G Moody||Kerrin McEvoy||1.85L||3||55kg||$7|
|7||3||RAGAZZO DEL CORSA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Danny O’Brien||James Winks||2.05L||6||55kg||$7.50|
|8||11||ASSERTIVE STAR||Byron Cozamanis||Damian Lane||3.8L||1||55kg||$101|
|9||4||EQUINOVA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Dean Binaisse||Luke Currie||3.9L||2||55kg||$51|
|10||10||ROYALIC Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Mark Riley||Stephen Baster||4L||9||55kg||$31|
|–||9||TUSCANY HERO||Wendy Kelly||Craig Newitt||–||0||–||–|