“They didn’t want him for the Inglis catalogue, so we sold him privately to some friends of ours, the Dunn family (Dwayne and Amanda) and he couldn’t have gone to better people. They have made us a part of their family and celebrated his wins with us, so it’s been a very special time,” Daira said thankfully. Daira said,” There was something about the colt from his early days. His rock star looks and his phenomenal mother. His dam, Naturalist, just gives everything to her foals and does it a bit tough herself as a result, but she is the perfect nurturing mother” “Royal Symphony was always a smarty pants and had a bit of a boisterous look at me attitude, as if he knew how good he was,” Daira said. Despite his dam being a half-sister to the legendary Naturalism, who produced seven winning foals herself, he was unwanted as a yearling, but that certainly wasn’t the case with punters when Royal Symphony was desperately unlucky in the stallion making Caulfield Guineas and a gallant fourth in the Cox Plate. Extraordinarily, he has put the myth of old broodmares not producing good foals to rest, his mum is 25 years-old and has produced 15 foals.
“When he went out onto the track beside Winx for the Cox Plate, it’s indescribable and you get a lump in your throat. He has our brand on and we brought him into the world, now he was in one of the best races in the world,” Daira explained. Royal Symphony is just one of nine black-type earners and a further nine metropolitan winners, all from Wingrove Park‘s boutique broodmare band. With 54 paddocks, it has its own equine hospital, indoor arena and magnificent homestead. Is it any wonder it’s been a nursery for breeding winners. Daira’s success on the racetrack has been matched in the show ring with her most notable honour coming at the Melbourne Royal Show, winning Reserve Champion hack with Wingrove Image, who also won the Grand Nationals in Sydney as a five-year-old. Whether it be in the show ring or on the racetrack, there’s no luck involved when it comes to quality horses following Daira Vella. If Royal Symphony is to fulfil his promise and provide the Vellas with their maiden Group 1 success, you can thank What A Nuisance for giving Daira Vella the racing bug!
Royal Symphony as a yearling at Wingrove Park
SPRING 2018 #31