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Gate No Barrier to Royal Symphony
Trainer Tony McEvoy says he isn’t concerned about Royal Symphony’s wide draw in Sunday’s Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield. The boom colt extended his unbeaten record to four wins from as many starts when overcoming difficulties in running to score a stunning first-up win in the $120,000 Listed Pin & Win Plate (1400m) at Flemington on 16 September. Royal Symphony, who hails from the family of three-time Gr1 winner Naturalism, has drawn barrier 12 for Sunday’s feature as he continues his build-up to the $1 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on 14 October. “Barriers are key in this business but the way his style is I would rather him be second last on the outside than second last on the inside,” McEvoy told Sky Racing. “This draw now allows Dwayne [jockey Dwayne Dunn] to be where he wants to be, whereas if you draw inside you are dictated to. The first-up run tightened him up as it needed to. We've worked him solid but haven't galloped him hard as he's staying at the same trip. He's eaten, he's bright and ready to go back to the races."