Peter Moody has named the Australian Guineas 2016 as the likely Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival major for his smart colt Gold Symphony who returns to racing at Flemington Racecourse this weekend.
The gun three-year-old of last winter, the son of Reward For Effort has won three of his four starts to date including a Group 3 Caulfield double back in August.
Three runs into his career he won the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m) before another narrow victory over Ready For Victory in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m).
Illness prevented the promising stayer from appearing during the spring, but Moody is confident Gold Symphony is ready for his first-up run on Chester Manifold Stakes Day in the $250,000 Inglis Dash (1100m) on Saturday.
The lucrative restricted sprint features a final field of 15 three-year-old Inglis graduates, Gold Symphony drawn midfield in gate six with Glen Boss aboard the class youngster.
Moody is hoping for a nice return with the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) back at the track in early March on the agenda.
Moody has saddled up nine previous Australian Guineas starters for just the one second place finish, something he hopes to change with Gold Symphony this season.
The horse was on track for a shot at September’s Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Randwick before suffering a season-ending setback, Moody still uncertain then how Gold Symphony will stack up over a mile this preparation.
“We were going to go to the 1400 metres of the Golden Rose but he got sick,” Moody told AAP.
“So we’ve still got to work out whether he can run a mile.
“He’s a nice relaxed colt that’s got good ability so if he runs a mile he’ll be headed that way for sure.”
Moody said the prize money plus the $30,000 in bonuses on offer in Saturday’s clash confirmed the Inglis Dash as the first-up option for Gold Symphony who will then have three to four weeks before his next run.
“Being a colt we couldn’t just leave him out so because he went and spelled early he was back in the stable early,” Moody said.
“This is a nice suitable race with good prize money for a return and then he can have three or four weeks to get ready for the stakes races in the autumn.”
The best of the rivals Gold Symphony lines up against on Saturday include Henry Dwyer’s VOBIS Gold Carat winner from January 2 at Moonee Valley Rock Boomboa, Group 1 performed I Am Invincible colt Hellbent last seen running second in Randwick’s Inglis Sprint and John Thompson’s progressive filly Mossin’ Around.
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