Song For Someone Could Bid For Its Unibet International Hurdle Crown in Cheltenham to keep after a brave run in loss in the coral hurdle on Saturday.
The gelding was a five-length winner of the Ascot race last season, the first leg of a grade two double that included a narrow win back then over silver stripe in the international hurdle.
Song for someone was a gallant runner-up on to be first run of the term when struck three and a quarter lengths by Nicky Henderson’s even-money favorite buzz.
Symonds was happy to see his stable star back in shape and was satisfied met the six-year-old had left behind a disappointing run in April when he was drawn up in the Aintree Horde.
“We were very happy to see him back to the horse we in the begin saws of last year,” he said.
“He showed the old élan and enthusiasm for the obstacles like he did last year at Ascot.
“He was probably a little rusty” in terms of his racing, but he didn’t run for for a while – I don’t count Aintree as one run really, so he didn’t have race since February last year.
“We were very happy with the run, we were happy to see him back.”
Despite a defeat this time at Ascot, Symonds still felt the run was a more impressive performance then his victory in 2020, and regular rider Aidan Coleman was in agreement.
“I actually thought he was better last year’s performance because it was better race, but the handicapper seems to have thought the opposite and even dropped him (from 158 to 155),’ said Symonds.
Aidan has felt that, even if he… won, sometimes he doesn’t feel so happy with him as he thought he could, but on Saturday he came back very exuberant in his debriefing.
“L know we do not win, but we have run to an improving horse who is in essentially stayed longer us after they went on a good canter, set by means of us.”
A tilt at a second International obstacle title could be: next on the agenda, with the Christmas hurdle at Kempton on Another Boxing Day possible outing.
“He is in order, want luckily I think we’ll either go to the International of the Christmas Hurdle,” said Symonds.
“The ground is a little” of a question, of he would? want soft of he would want fast, but he seemed to deal with the ground on Saturday die used to be on the faster side.
“I’ll watch the Internationale, die he… won last year, and the Christmas Horde. It will be one of the other, not both.”
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