The Shipping Forecast – Saratoga – 8/17/22

Course: Saratoga

Race: Race 1

Horse: Song For Someone

Trainer/Jockey: Leslie Young – Tom Garner

Breeding: 7-year-old gelding; Medicean – Sweni Hill (Danehill Dancer)

Previously trained by Tom Symonds. A winner of eight of his twenty-one starts, Song For Someone is just about as good a recruit as you are going to get over jumps in America. Rated 158 at his peak – for comparison, Honeysuckle, the winner of the Champion Hurdle and all 16 of her starts, is rated only 7lbs higher – Song For Someone has declined a little in terms of ratings, but at 149 still figures to be incredibly competitive here. He had looked a little idle and lazy on his last three starts, but moved sweetly the time before when making the running and he does look like a horse that is happiest in the lead, tending to sulk when he is reined back. That appeared to be the case on his last two starts, particularly at Sandown, although he didn’t really have much chance last time when they tried to get him to stay three miles in the Stayers’ Hurdle. You only have to go back three runs to find an effort that would give him big claims here, while the start before that wasn’t far off a career best, so it’s unwise to assume this gelding is on the wane, particularly given he is just 7. Song For Someone probably wouldn’t want very firm ground, “good” ground is fine, and he handles all types of tracks.

It’s possible that the switch to the US will have sweetened him up and he will prove more amenable to restraint, but I’d still like to see them let him bowl along in the lead here, with little pace in opposition. If they do, he should take some stopping.

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