Snowden eyes Manifold with quirky Song

Brave Song is a Group 2 winner, but he has his quirks and those quirks have likely held him back from reaching loftier heights.

At Flemington on Saturday he’ll contest the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes and trainer Peter Snowden agreed, that is about right level for the now six-year-old gelding.

“There’s a few things he doesn’t like,” Snowden said.

“He draws inside gates and gets shuttered away and he just doesn’t like racing inside a horse, so there’s a few little things with him.

“If he gets the right run to suit and gets some luck in running, he can run some very good races.”

Brave Song ran second in the Christmas Stakes (1200m) on Boxing Day behind the talented Pandemic.

Group 2 winner Brave Song in winning action

He takes on a similar field on Saturday but is stepping back up in distance.

“It’s a nice race for him, up to 1400m looks ideal,” Snowden said.

“He drew barrier one and, I hate saying it, but it’s probably not the right sort of gate for him.

“He’s better getting to the outside so Johnny (Allen) has got a bit of work to do getting him to the outside but the horse is going well.”

Beaten 1.75 lengths on Boxing Day, Snowden still believes much can be taken from that run despite a less favourable draw this Saturday.

“His run was good because he didn’t have much luck there the other day.

“He was deep, back and wide and covered plenty of ground early.

“It wasn’t until late in the race (that) he got back in behind Pandemic and chased him home so there was merit in the run, and he’s come on nicely since.”

Brave Song is listed as an $8.50 chance at Sportsbet with the in-form Riding the Wave a $3.40 favourite.

By Roger Oldridge/Racing.com

Brave Song strikes a pose at the beach