On Song and in the Zone for the Sydney Stakes

The Everest will be run without REDZEL for the very first time on Saturday, but the Triple Crown team are excited to have both BRAVE SONG and MILITARY ZONE line up alongside one another in the Group 3 Sydney Stakes on the Randwick card.

Brave Song is competing in the $500,000 contest for the second year in succession, having endured a luckless passage when beaten only four lengths twelve months ago.

โ€œI needed a can opener to get out – I had a fair bit to give with not much room to aim at,โ€ were the words of a frustrated Kerrin McEvoy after that race, and hereโ€™s hoping Brave Song enjoys a better run in transit this time round.

Group 2 winner Brave Song

Regan Bayliss, who has previously partnered the Group 2 winner to a pair of placings at stakes level, takes over the reins on Saturday, which will mark exactly two years to the day since Brave Song recorded his first Listed victory in the Caulfield Village Stakes.

The forecast good track should also be to his liking and the same can be said of his stablemate Military Zone, who will step out for the first time this preparation off the back of an eye-catching trial at Randwick last month.

Already a dual Group 3 winner, Military Zone will sport blinkers on raceday for the first time, with Peter & Paul Snowden pleased with how they sharpened him up in his most recent barrier trial.

This time last year Military Zone was gearing up for a tilt at the inaugural $7.5m Golden Eagle and $1m The Gong, the latter of which will again be his target third-up on November 21.

Kerrin McEvoy is booked to ride the son of Epaulette on Saturday.