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​Brave Maiden Victory

Jul 27, 2017

Promising colt Brave Song has secured his maiden win in the $40,000 Ascot Restaurant 2YO Handicap (1200m) at his second attempt at Canterbury with Hugh Bowman stealing an early march on Sydney jockeys’ premiership rival Brenton Avdulla.

While Avdulla sat out the first three races on Wednesday after his rides were scratched, Bowman took advantage by steering the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained two-year-old to a comfortable victory in the first race.

Brave Song, the $2.15 favourite, enjoyed a smooth run from the jump and reeled in the pacesetters with ease to score by three lengths from Sparky Lad ($3.50)

Paul Snowden was delighted Brave Song built on an encouraging debut at Canterbury on July 5, when second behind the Chris Waller-trained Calculated

“It certainly franks his run the other day. He was a little bit new to the caper and did a lot wrong,” Snowden said.

“He arguably should have won, he’s bounced back with a nice solid win.

“It was pretty much in his keeping after 50 yards.”

Snowden said while Brave Song had been slow to mature, he was now getting to grips with racing.

“His first trial, you wouldn’t have seen him in the picture, the ambulance was hitting him up the backside,” he said.

Bowman, who backed up in the next race to win on Nictock to extend his premiership lead to 2-1/2 wins over Avdulla, said the Triple Crown-owned Your Song two-year-old would make his presence felt at a Saturday metropolitan meeting.

“The form stood up [from his maiden race], he’s certainly a progressive type and definitely knew what he was here for today; it was a much better performance than his first run and we expected that.

“If Pete and Paul decided to run this horse in a Saturday race in the near future he’ll certainly make his presence felt.”

Words: AAP & Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers

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