Steyne swoops for thrilling Canberra win

HE ran out of track when storming home at Kembla Grange on his first-up run to finish a desperately unlucky second, but Steyne was not to be denied at Canberra on Sunday, as he ate up the ground on long-time leader Saxophone to grab a thrilling victory on the line.

Jumping from barrier 4, Steyne settled just behind the early pace under Adrian Layt and travelled smoothly in the opening stages. The Godolphin-owned Saxophone appeared to steal a two-length advantage entering the straight, however Steyne showed a steely attitude to run down the leader and take a superb victory by a head.

The return of Steyne after an 18-month absence from the track due to a tendon injury has been a welcome sight, and the level of form he’s shown in shaking off that setback is fantastic to see. All credit goes to Peter Snowden and his team for getting him back in such brilliant shape.

Still only a four-year-old the son of Snitzel has plenty of racing left in him and we look forward to tracking the rest of his preparation with his enigmatic team of owners.

Congratulations to all owners and we hope you enjoyed your richly deserved success!

Symphony sets up bid for Newcastle gold

Gold Symphony continued his fine form to finish second in the James Ruse Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday, only beaten by the progressive Antonio Guiseppe.

Stepping back to 1500m, Gold Symphony was given a lovely ride from Tommy Berry, and running second to the impressive winner could prove to be smart form ahead of his tilt at the Newmarket Handicap at Newcastle on Friday, March 17 over 1400m.