2017 National Sprint: Gold Symphony To Target Brisbane Winter
A Queensland winter carnival campaign may beckon for Gold Symphony after the four-year-old won the Listed Casino Canberra 2017 National Sprint at Canberra Racecourse.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained gelding finished too strongly for a quality field to defeat the topweight Happy Clapper and Handfast.
A dual Group 3 winner as a spring three-year-old, Gold Symphony hadn’t delivered in stakes company since but showed he may be ready to deliver on that promise with maturity on his side by overhauling Handfast in the straight and holding off the fast-finishing Happy Clapper to win by close to two lengths.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Gold Symphony had been a source of frustration but the 2017 National Sprint showed what he was capable of.
“The writing was on the wall for him. He’s performed at a good level, he just needed to win one,” Snowden said after the win.
“He had a lovely run in transit, the speed was on so he was entitled to finish off.”
Snowden said the win may have given Gold Symphony the confidence to campaign in better races over the winter months.
“It was always in the back of our minds to give him a little break and look towards the north in the winter with him,” he said.
“He’s a very good wet tracker, he certainly works like he’s on a good 3 at home when it’s quite wet so if he can tick a few boxes along the way it will exacerbate our confidence in the horse.”
Winning rider Kerrin McEvoy was equally pleased to see Gold Symphony deliver.
“It was a good win, he travelled nicely , it was a good speed and he put the race away,” McEvoy said.
“The 54kg on his back he relished and he’ll get some confidence out of that.
“He’s always a shown a bit and Peter and Paul have really worked this horse out now so I still reckon he’s got a nice race in him after winning this good race today.”