At the end of February 2004 Deano’s Beeno returns to Kempton to try and retain the Rendlesham Hurdle he won the previous season, but finishes 3rd behind Monkerhostin.

March 13th, Dancing Bay is well down the field, and Kadount is pulled up both in the Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle at Sandown.

Dancing Bay makes amends pretty quickly with a win in his next race at the end of March. The next day Iambe De La See gets a victory in a claiming hurdle.

Soviet Song turns up at Kempton for the Snowdrop Stakes, odds on to win but disappointingly only comes 2nd to Beneventa.

In April Monolith won the Dubai Duty Free Handicap, Soviet Song would only come 3rd in the Group 2 Betfred.com Mile, beaten by Hurricane Alan.

End of April and beginning of May, there would be three 2nd places in succession by New Seeker, Monolith and Dancing Bay all of them in decent class handicaps.

A trio of winners were soon to come, when Rehearsal, Eisteddfod and Brecon Beacon all scored in Maiden races.

Mid May and Monolith won 2 races within a few days in Intermediate hurdles.

FINALLY on the 22nd of May Soviet Song would return to the winners enclosure, “Sove” hacked up in the Ridgewood Pearl Stakes a Group 2 race at The Curragh in Ireland. A huge relief for everyone concerned.

It was as if Soviet Song’s win would suddenly spark an amazing run of luck, there would be (including Soviet’s above win) SIX winner in a row, Brecon Beacon, Rustic Charm, Ionian Spring, Dancing Bay, and Rustic Charm again would make this a scorching hot summer.

Soviet Song ran in the Queen Anne Stakes another Group One at Royal Ascot, coming a very respectable 2nd behind 2000 winner Refuse To Bend. Whilst still at Royal Ascot New Seeker was 4th in The Buckingham Palace Stakes, Brecon Beacon 2nd in The Chesham Stakes, and Dancing Bay was 2nd in The Queen Alexandra Stakes.

Penzance would win a handicap half way through June to keep up an incredible run.

Beginning of July and Soviet Song produces one of the highlights of her career storming past the previously unbeaten 1000 heroine Attraction to win The Falmouth Stakes another Group One victory.

Midway into July Eisteddfod won a Classified race, but it would be the end of the month when “Sove” would score another massive Group One prize in The Sussex Stakes beating Nayyir.

2 days later Brecon Beacon would also win.

August saw a small race go Treason Trial’s way, while Eisteddfod won again.

Into September and Dancing Bay comes a fine 2nd place in the Doncaster Cup beaten by Millenary. While 2 days later Soviet Song returns to Ireland for The Matron Stakes another Group One to take on Attraction again who was looking to get revenge on her, but the result was exactly the same as last time, Soviet first, Attraction 2nd.

Mid to late September saw Eisteddfod continue to wrack up a long sequence of wins firstly in The Ayr Silver Cup, following up with a handicap.

In October Soviet Song would go back to Ascot for The Queen Elizabeth, but would only finish 6th behind a quality field of runners, Rakti would be taking the prize this day.

Dancing Bay would try his luck over in France at Longchamp, a pretty good effort to come 4th to Westerner. He would be 4th again in his next race at Newmarket in The Persian Punch Jockey Club Cup trailing in behind Millenary again.

Another 4th place, this time for Brecon Beacon in The Horris Hill Stakes Group Three.

It would not be until December before the next winner would arrive in the shape of Dungarvans Choice.

December ended with Monolith coming 2nd, and Dungarvans Choice falling in the last race of this unbelievable year.


Awards given to Soviet Song in 2004

1). Racehorse Owners Association/Racing Post Award for Outstanding Older Horse

2). BHB Champion Older Female Flat Horse

3). Cartier Award for Top Older Horse

4). Highest Rated Older Filly In The World



























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