Domesday’s star Group I winner Ruthven has been sold to further his career in Hong Kong, but the Aquis Farm sire has a more than able replacement waiting in the wings with unbeaten Royal Symphony claiming a dominant win in the Listed VRC Taj Rossi Final at Flemington on Saturday.
Prepared by Tony McEvoy, Royal Symphony earned high praise for his last start win at Flemington over 1400 metres on June 24.
He justified all the attention placed on him after that win, when looking even more impressive in his first attempt at a Black Type assignment.
Partnered by Dwayne Dunn, whose wife also owns a share in him, Royal Symphony was tardy from the gates but recovered well to bolt clear and win the 1600 metre contest by more than four lengths as a hot favourite.
“It was nice to see him do it again. You see it once and then to see him back it up, carrying the penalty and over further – he’s a proper horse,” Tony McEvoy said.
“He has a great quality, he looks like he needed a shake up to get racing and then all of a sudden he goes boom.
“That he’s got such a relaxed attitude is a real plus considering he might need to go further. That change up, you need something like that to win a good race.”
McEvoy said Royal Symphony will now be spelled ahead of a spring campaign but will be getting some practice at the barriers.
“Now that I’ve seen him do it twice I’m happy to put him away and wait for the spring,” McEvoy said.
“I think he deserves a crack at those better races and with his glass half full attitude he will be easy to keep interested at home and he’ll be back late August.
“I’ll be doing a bit of work on his barrier manners though, that’s twice he’s been slow away so we’ll work on that.”
Bred by Wingrove Park, Royal Symphony has won three races from three starts earning over $140,000.
He runs for a big group of very happy owners and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Hoodlum.
The 16th stakes-winner for Domesday, he is the eighth winner and last foal of Naturalist, a three-quarter sister-in-blood to multiple Group I winner Naturalism and Queensland Oaks winner Crystal Palace, so has depth in his pedigree to suggest the sky is the limit.
A proven Group I sire, completely free of Danzig blood, Domesday stands at Aquis Farm Queensland this spring at a fee of $8,800.