Gold Symphony proved that his Vain Stakes win was no fluke by recording a tough win in the 2015 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield this afternoon.
Gold Symphony travelled in a lovely position just behind the speed in the early stages of the McNeil Stakes, while talented filly Stream Ahead took up the running from Ragazzo Del Corsa.
Almost every horse in the race looked like a winning chance at the top of the straight, but it was Gold Symphony that finished the best and he held-off a very unlucky Ready For Victory to claim his second straight victory.
Jockey Glen Boss has now ridden Gold Symphony to two victories from as many race starts and he believes that the McNeil Stakes triumph gave him the indication that the son of Reward For Effort will be even better when he gets out over a mile in a race like the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10.
“From the time I got on him I thought that he was a high quality colt,” Boss said.
“People thought that it might have been a fluke the other day that he won, but it was no fluke from me and he is a nice colt.
“I had the benefit of riding him in work in between from the last run to this and it is amazing how he is starting to come on as an individual, he is starting to get bigger, stronger and he is taking it all in his stride.
“He is going in the right direction and the further he goes the better he is going to be.
“I don’t know if he will get much further than a mile at this point of his life, but he has got mile written all over him.
“The other day he overraced and did a lot wrong, but then early in the race today I couldn’t get him on the bridle and he was just so relaxed.
“When I asked him to come underneath me just before the turn and get ready he was so responsive and the best part of his race was definitely in the last 50 meters.
“He was very strong.”
Team Corstens-trained Mr Individual was backed from $34 into $4.60 ahead of the McNeil Stakes, but the son of Starspangledbanner drifted out badly coming around the straight and he raced extremely greenly.
Ready For Victory was arguably the run of the race in the McNeil Stakes and he likely would have won the race if he had jumped form the gates cleanly.
The More Than Ready colt is also on a Caulfield Guineas path and he is set to head to Sydney for the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens in a fortnight.