Steyne bids for four timer as Brave Song makes debut

SNITZEL gelding Steyne will be bidding for a fourth win in succession when he takes his place in Race 5 (3.15pm) over 1580m at Canterbury this afternoon.

The four-year-old suffered a severe tendon injury 12 months ago and his explosive return to the race track has been nothing short of extraordinary.

After finishing a desperately unlucky second on his comeback run at Kembla Grange, Steyne has gone on to win his next three starts in emphatic fashion, and makes his city berth this afternoon at Canterbury with Hugh Bowman in the saddle for the first time.

Huge credit goes to the Snowden Racing team, Muskoka Farm and the veterinary team in nurturing Steyne not only back to full fitness, but back in sensational form as he now continues to realise his full potential.

Good luck to his always large and enigmatic following this afternoon!

Also on the card exciting Your Song colt Brave Song will make his career debut in the 2YO Handicap over 1200m in what looks a competitive first race of the meeting.

Short priced favourite Calculated would appear to take all the beating however Brave Song enters the race with some fine trial form behind him, including his most recent trial at Randwick on June 23 where he finished just a half-length behind Godolphin’s Exceed And Excel colt Marble, a victor of his three trials to date and a most impressive winner of his most recent outing at Rosehill trials on Monday.

Brave Song will have Nick Heywood on board for his first start, and Paul Snowden is expecting a bold showing: “He’s schooled up well in trials and we think he can run a nice race,” he said. “Hopefully he’ll get the race run to suit and he’ll be hitting the line well and doing his best work late.”

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