Brave Song hits the high notes at Flemington

GROUP 3 PLACED Brave Song returned first-up for his spring preparation, taking on the famous Flemington straight for the first time, and he rallied late to nail the leader Order Of Command in the thrilling three-year-old Handicap over 1100m, collecting a $66,000 winners’ cheque, taking his career earnings to beyond $230,000.

Third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes at Warwick Farm in February behind Kementari, a newly gelded Brave Song travelled sweetly into the race when stalking the early speed from barrier 9, and found enough when in-form jockey Damien Lane, who collected four wins on the day, asked him for his effort to just get his nose in front with the winning post beckoning.

Purchased for $67,500 from the Inglis Classic Sale, Brave Song will look to add further success this preparation, with co-trainer Peter Snowden not ruling out a return to Melbourne for the Group 3 Aurie Handicap over 1200m on August 11.

“He did a good job today,” said Snowden. “I was surprised he raced like that. He’s such a relaxed horse I thought he would be back and doing no work early to get a good 300m out of him. To tough it out like he did – it looks a better win than on paper.

“I do like the horse, we didn’t see the best of him today, some of the wins he’s had have been dynamic. If he settles he’s got a much better turn of foot. We’ll probably get him back round a corner to get him to relax but I did think about the Group 3 Aurie Handicap in three weeks but we’ll think about things for a while. It’s the first time away from home for the horse and he’s settled in beautifully here so it’s good to know he can handle it.

“He didn’t seem at his best today but it was good to win it the way the race was run.

“Triple Crown have been a big supporter since Paul and I went out on our own and Redzel comes to mind straight away. There are a lot of numbers in the stable now but it’s amazing how they bring in these yearlings every year and every year we get more success. They’re the best around.”