Aurora's Symphony in a Class of his Own in Hobart Cup

Mark Smith - Sunday February 11

The winner of the last two Launceston Cups, Aurora's Symphony kept his perfect Tasmanian record intact with a track-record-breaking win in Sunday's $300,000 Group III Ladbrokes Hobart Cup (2400m).

Under his top weight of 59.5 kgs, the 7-year-old son of Glass Harmonium (IRE) powered home under Jordan Childs to defeat Wyclif (GB) (Archipenko) by two and three-quarter lengths with Grand Pierro (Pierro) back in third.


Coming off a win over 2000m at Flemington, the Symon Wilde-trained stayer advances his record to ten wins, six seconds, and six thirds from 39 starts with earnings of $976,515.

Aurora's Symphony is likely to attempt a record-equalling third consecutive Launceston Cup.

Aurora's Symphony closing in fast on $1 million (image Racing Photos)

"It worked out perfectly for us," Childs said.

"There was good speed early, and he got into a nice spot. I was able to pop off the fence going past the winning post the first time, and he got into a lovely rhythm. I was able to buid into it, and when I let him go, he quickened up.

"Simon and the team have this horse flying.

"He had a big weight, and his form had been good, winning at Flemington before coming here.

"Next time, he should be hard to beat again. He is a big, strong horse, and the weight should not affect him too much."

A $40,000 purchase by Wilde Racing from the Blue Gum Farm draft at the 2018 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, Aurora's Symphony is a half-brother to stakes-placed Smokin' Val (Valentia).

He is out of the unraced Fantastic Light (IRE) mare Aurora's Hot, a half-sister to Group 1 Sydney Cup winner Niwot (Galileo).

Bought by Meduri Bloodstock for $18,000 at the 2019 Inglis Great Southern Sale, Aurora's Hot has a 2-year-old  colt by Highland Reel (IRE), which was a $12,000 purchase for  Wilde Racing from the Blue Gum Farm draft at the 2023 Inglis Gold Yearling Sale, and a yearling filly by Kermadec.

Not served in 2022, Aurora's Hot was covered by Rubick last spring.

The Group 1 VRC Mackinnon Stakes winner Glass Harmonium (IRE) last covered in 2020. The son of Vergals sired three stakes-winners.  


Race Result - Ladbrokes Hobart Cup Gr3 2400m

Hobart Track: Good(4) Time: 2:30.21
Aurora's Symphony
- 7g Glass Harmonium (IRE) x Aurora's Hot (AUS) (Fantastic Light (USA))
Tnr: Symon Wilde Rdr: Jordan Childs 59.5
Inglis Gold Yearling Sale $40,000
Seller: Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
Buyer: Wilde Racing Pty Ltd
- 7g Archipenko (USA) x Altruiste (GB) (Montjeu (IRE))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: Carleen Hefel 54
Grand Pierro
- 4g Pierro (AUS) x Le Societe (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Tnr: Jason Warren Rdr: Craig Williams 54
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale $50,000
Seller: Collingrove Stud, Euroa
Buyer: Grand Syndicates / John Price Bloodstock
Ashy Boy
- 5g Star Witness (AUS) x Al Julhara (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: G J Stevenson Rdr: C Newitt 54
Travelling Gigolo
- 6g Globetrotter (USA) x Sharpay Magic (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
Tnr: J L Keys Rdr: D Pires 54
Rising Light
- 6g Dawn Approach (IRE) x Hayaat (AUS) (Montjeu (IRE))
Tnr: Gaetan Delon Rdr: Codi Jordan 54
- 6m Nicconi (AUS) x Talulla (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: Barry Campbell Rdr: A Darmanin 54
Alhambra Lad
- 6g Proisir (AUS) x Miss Relentless (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
Tnr: Patrick Payne Rdr: Jye McNeil 56.5
Swoop Dog
- 6g Husson (ARG) x Swooper (AUS) (Black Hawk (GB))
Tnr: J K Blacker Rdr: Sigrid Carr 55
- 4g Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Aneeda (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Angela Brakey Rdr: E Byrne Burke 54
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