Cox Plate Music Sounds Unlikely for Royal Symphony

“We’d love to tackle a Cox Plate with him, just not one with Winx in it.” Need we say more? Obviously, not, but being as we are oblivious to the obvious, we will continue.

Those words could have been said by any thoroughbred trainer anywhere, provided said trainer was talking about a horse of the male persuasion.

In actuality, it was Flemington-based trainer Tony McEvoy uttering the words with regard to his three-year-old colt Royal Symphony. The young horse seems to be a rising star, having won all three of his jumps, but we agree with McEvoy that running Royal Symphony in a couple months’ time against Winx would be a futile gesture.

We are not quite as certain regarding McEvoy’s logic. He told a reporter for the Herald Sun, “It would feel almost irresponsible to do it to him. I’m just not comfortable pitting a colt like him against a horse like Winx so early in his development. It could crush him. You can knock the confidence out of them, especially colts, and I’d say I wouldn’t be recommending we take on Winx.”

Trainers seem to enjoy imbuing horses with human characteristics, such as confidence and other psychological traits, but we do not feel as though Royal Symphony would cease to be competent should he lose a race. Any such risk could be alleviated simply by giving Royal Symphony a Certificate of Cox Plate Participation.

Royal Symphony currently enjoys bookmaker favourtism for the Caulfield Guineas on October 14. This far in advance of October, it is difficult to say with certainty that he will be in the Guineas, but a race limited to three-year-olds at set weight seems to be a much better option that a weight-for-age staying race. If McEvoy does run Royal Symphony in the Guineas, it is highly unlikely he would bring him back out the following week for any reason, let alone a meeting with Winx.

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