Song For Someone Primed For Champion Hurdle Tilt

Song For Someone

Trainer Tom Symonds has included Song For Someone in the 27 entries for the Champion Hurdle at the latest declaration stage and is very optimistic of his chances.

This handler does not have many superstars and this five year old could well and truly turn out to be just that having landed the Grade Two Kingwell Hurdle on his final start of last term.

Last season the gelding was a model of consistency winning at Fontwell on debut before finishing a decent third behind Mack The Man and Protektorat in a strong handicap hurdle.

He stepped up to a Grade Three event at Ascot where he was a length behind Supreme Novices' Hurdle second Thomas Darby and he used that experience to win at Kempton.

On his seasonal bow this term the five year old really made his present felt in the division, landing the Grade Two Ascot Hurdle, seeing off last year's winner of the International Hurdle Call Me Lord and Cheltenham Festival winner Laurina.

Symonds always believed his gelding although showing clear stamina does not lack pace and he dropped him down in trip for the International Hurdle at Cheltenham and he was a gritty winner of the event.

Although the last hurdle was removed, he used his stamina to stay up the hill and see off Silver Streak, who since that race has massively franked the form by winning the Grade One Christmas Hurdle by close to seven lengths.

The six year old has now won his last three events and his handler will be hoping he can extend that form at Cheltenham in the Champion Hurdle.

(Credit ATR) Symonds said: “Song For Someone is in great form, and the plan would be to either run in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham or the Aintree Hurdle. We have entered him in the Champion Hurdle and we will make a decision nearer the time.

“I am absolutely thrilled with him at home. He is very well and seems to have come out of the International in great form.

“There are three races we are currently weighing up, with one of them acting as his prep before one of the big spring festivals. He could go to Haydock for The New One Unibet Hurdle a week on Saturday, the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown Park or the Kingwell at Wincanton.

“I think the weather will play a big part as to what race he actually runs in, and I am not really leaning to any of them at the moment. We will enter him in the three races as they come along and then decide where to go.

“The Champion Hurdle is firmly in the picture, and it would be great to have a runner in a championship race like that.”