Peter Moody’s decision to enter Gold Symphony in the 2015 Vain Stakes paid dividends when the promising colt scored a strong win in the Group 3 event at Caulfield this afternoon.
There was very little speed in the early stages of the Vain Stakes and jockey Glen Boss was happy to let Gold Symphony sit slightly wide, while Ragazzo Del Corsa took up the running from Top Me Up.
Top Me Up battled bravely in the straight, but Gold Symphony was too strong in the final stages of the Vain Stakes and he hit the front at the 100 metre mark to record the biggest win of his brief racing career to date.
Moody had Gold Symphony ready for a 1400 metres race at Flemington last weekend, but he was forced to scratch the son of Reward For Effort and he admitted after the race that he thought the Vain Stakes may have been a touch short for the three-year-old.
“He did a good job,” Moody said.
“He was very good at Mornington and he backed it up at Flemington the other day.
“We had him in last week and he had a dirty scope, so we withdrew him and it ended up being a blessing in disguise.
“He hasn’t done lot on the track in the last couple of weeks and it was back to 1100 and we thought it might have been a shade short.
“It was a messy race and Glen showed initiative, put him into it and he toughed it out well.”
Gold Symphony has been included in the nominations for the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) that will be held at Rosehill Gardens on September 13 and the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10, but Moody said that he does not have any firm plans with the lightly-raced galloper and he indicated that he might be at his best as a three-year-old.
“We were going to go to 1400 last week and we had the feel that he would get that trip,” Moody said.
“He is coming off a semi-winter prep into the early part of the spring, so we are not going to be unrealistic or silly in our expectations.
“With the preparation he has had he is probably going to be aimed more at the autumn or the spring I feel, but while he keeps performing we will look at another option if he pleases us at home.”
The Vain Stakes victory of Gold Symphony gave Moody a double at Caulfield this afternoon after he took out the RSL Ramlegh Springs the Heart of Clyde Handicap (1600m) with Dig A Pony.