The Song Of John is a 3yo colt by Colonel John, bought privately from the US. He shipped to Dubai in October and is now trained at Zabeel Stables.
By a sire that won Grade 1 dirt races over 10f, it is surprising that he showed the speed he did to win over just 5.5f on debut, before leading a Grade 3 field at Churchill Downs just 2 weeks later. He was given a provisional rating of 93.
John made his UAE debut in the Al Bastakiya on Super Saturday over 9.5f. It was a race against time to get him fit, which told in the finish as he ended up ninth, but he showed really good speed to lead until approaching 2f out. A summer off should do him good and ought to set him up for the 2019/20 season.