Brave Song & Emperor’s Way take Group 3 placings

BRAVE SONG was the eye catcher in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick on Saturday as he flew home from last to narrowly be beaten into second by Trekking over the 1200m trip.

This was a third placing at Group 3 level for the leading son of Your Song, who took out a first Stakes win in the Listed Caulfield Village Stakes in the spring. Yet this win announced the four-year-old as a major contender for Carnival features both in New South Wales and the Brisbane Winter.

The only horse to run under 33 seconds for the last 600m at Royal Randwick, Brave Song reeled off some astonishing sectionals to just go down by less than half a length to the Godolphin-owned winner.

Peter Snowden was delighted with the effort. “He ran super on Saturday. His sectionals were exciting to see,” said Snowden. “It’s disappointing he didn’t win for the effort he put in, but first up, off what we’ve seen today, you know he’s in for a good programme.”

Snowden outlined Scone’s lucrative Carnival as the next destination for Brave Song, as he targets the Listed Luskin Star Stakes over 1300m.

“He’s pulled up really well from his run and we’ll now look to place him at Scone for the Luskin Star. Scone should suit him well being a big track. If he runs well there as we certainly know he can there are certainly some nice races in Brisbane for him.”

Prior to Brave Song’s second in the Hall Mark, Emperor’s Way showed that he remains in good form after a luckless last start at Caulfield, by seeing off all but one rival in the Group 3 JRA Plate over 2000m.

It’s been an eventful campaign for the leading son of Roman Emperor, who has been to Melbourne twice and a futile trip to Albury and back for the cancelled Albury Cup, yet he has shown no ill effects of the extended travel, moving into a stop-start race sweetly before having all rivals covered but for the fast finishing Grey Lion.

“It was a good run by the horse on Saturday,” said Snowden. “He’s a very genuine horse. He had a nice run and to his credit he knuckled down and wasn’t beaten far. Hopefully a win is not too far away.”

His next start could well be at Wagga for their Gold Cup meeting on May 3.

“He’s pulled up well from the run and the Gold Cup at Wagga should suit him perfectly. It’s a valuable race and the horse is still in excellent order.”