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Spring options open for Sold For Song

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Kevin Kemp hasn’t ruled out another interstate campaign for Stakes winning mare Sold For Song who makes a long awaited comeback at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Sold For Song will step out for the first time since November and will be ridden by regular jockey Jim Orman in the Matt Dunn Racing Open Handicap (1200m).

Sold For Song, who drew barrier nine, has started 24 times during her career for just three wins but has been placed on nine other occasions.

She hasn’t won for more than two years since claiming the Listed Daybreak Lover at Eagle Farm in June, 2016.

The six-year-old mare ran fourth in last year’s Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara behind Prompt Response before embarking on a three-start Melbourne campaign last spring.

Sold For Song had her first start since the Tatt’s Tiara when she went down in a photo to Keen Aray in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes at Flemington in October before finishing with the tailenders in the Group 2 Trictarc Stakes at Caulfield two weeks later.

The daughter of Collate had her final Melbourne run when she tailed the field behind Rich Charm in the Group 2 Linlithgow at Flemington on November 4.

“Her first run in the Gilgai at Flemington was very good but she was caught deep in the Tristarc at Caulfield and she then copped a battering in her last run in the Linlithgow and suffered a few superficial injuries,” Kemp said.

“I’m just going to take things race by race but if she comes up she could go back south or we can wait for the summer carnival here.

“She was sold at the Magic Millions but wasn’t paid up so she’s eligible for a wildcard if we decide to wait for the summer carnival and the Magic Millions.”

Kemp has given Sold For Song a solid grounding for her comeback and is hopeful of a forward showing.

“She’s been in work three months and she won two long jump outs over 950 metres,” Kemp said.

“She’s furnished into a very strong mare now after her owners decided to give her a decent break after Melbourne.

“If we don’t take her away for the spring there’s always the autumn carnival in Sydney next year.”

“She’s raced in the best of company at Group level most of her career so she’s done a great job so far and hopefully the best is yet to come,” Kemp said.

Racing Queensland webnews  August 15