Brave Song out to be No.1 at Caulfield

A WIN and two Stakes placings have greeted Brave Song in what’s been an exceptionally consistent preparation, but on Sunday the leading son of Your Song will be seeking that elusive Stakes victory when he takes on the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfield.

Brave Song promised much in an Autumn preparation that saw him finish third behind leading colt Kementari in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes at Warwick Farm and as a now four-year-old the horse has performed well when kept to the sprint distances this preparation.

After opening with a win down the straight at Flemington on July 21, Brave Song chased home Voodoo Lad and Home of The Brave in the Group 3 Aurie Star Handicap before finishing third in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield.

Sunday’s Testa Rossa Stakes sees last season’s leading prize-money earner for his sire Your Song take on 10 rivals over the 1200m trip, including Godolphin’s impressive last start winner Trekking and the Darren Weir-trained Japanese import Kemono.

However, co-trainer Peter Snowden feels Brave Song is up to the challenge.

“He’s been jumping out of his skin at the Melbourne stable,” said Snowden. “He’s had a good little freshen up since his last run which has brought him on nicely.

“I’m very happy with the horse and he heads into Sunday in good order.

“His runs this preparation have been good and he’s certainly capable of mixing it at this level. The race on Sunday is another tough assignment but with a clean run he can produce a terrific turn of foot and be involved at the finish.”

Brave Song will jump from Barrier 2 with Glyn Schofield set for the ride.