Song Shan Wins Maiden On Road To Brisbane

Anthony Cummings can clearly see a lot of potential in Song Shan as shown by the quality of events he’s entered her in throughout 2011.

Despite her constant appearance in Black Type level races though she had never actually won an event at any level.

That changed yesterday though when she picked up a maiden at Warwick Farm to finally get a win on the board.

That win has reignited Brisbane Carnival plans as Cummings persists with his goal of turning her into a Stakes winner..

“If she comes through this OK, Anthony will look to take her to Queensland, possibly for the Queensland Guineas,” stable foreman Barry Smith said.

She ran solidly in Spring Stakes in Newcastle last year but was a bit off the pace in the Carbine Club stakes at Randwick earlier in the Autumn.

Her last attempt at Group level was her worst yet though when beaten by more than 30 lengths at Randwick in the Frank Packer Plate.

“Her record should probably be a bit better than what it is because she has shown good ability all the way through,” Smith said.

“The only real glitch we’ve had with her was on the heavy track last time.”

That race was run in horrible conditions on a Heavy 10 with more than a few horses of better quality finding the going too tough as well.

“Since the Randwick race we hardly did anything with her because of all the wet tracks we’ve had and as she showed today she has freshened up nicely,” Smith said.

There are multiple options for her Brisbane trip as she’s been entered in both the Queensland Oaks and the Queensland Derby but Smith thinks the Queensland Guineas could ultimately be where she ends up.

“She will more than likely have another run here (in Sydney) before we take her up to Brisbane,” he said.

That race will jump at Eagle Farm on June 11th and will attract a very good field of Group 2 rated horses.

Her win yesterday as a short priced favourite was solid without being astounding, only getting up by less than a length but her run earlier in the race was somewhat hampered.

Still, her and the second placed Frontal put a gap of around five lengths between them and the next closest runner Yates Road.

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