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So You Think Entered for Dubai World Cup
The Dubai World Cup received a significant boost this weekend with the announcement by Aidan O’Brien that his So You Think will be entered for the world’s richest race at Meydan on March 31st.
The globe-trotting 6 year old will be racing in his fifth country within 15 months, when he takes on the highly select field over his optimum distance of ten furlongs and he has already been installed as the 7/2 antepost favourite in the Dubai World Cup odds to win the race. As most know, the horse is considered to be a super star in his home country of Australia and was sent to Ballydoyle 12 months ago with a number of Group 1 targets in mind for his connections, these included the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He had already won the prestigious Group 1 Cox Plate twice "Down Under" and finished third in the Melbourne Cup when carrying an almost impossible weight.
His first big test in Europe came in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh which he won easy, but he was then to be defeated by the late lamented Rewilding in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot, a defeat that for the first time raised doubts about his ‘superstar’ status.
However, he redressed the situation with victory in the Coral Eclipse Stakes last July where he had 2010 ‘Arc de Triomphe’ winner, Workforce in behind. He then followed that up with a win the Irish Champion Stakes, defeating dual Oaks winner Snow Fairy and looked set to enjoy a big run in the ‘Arc’.
Unfortunately, as is often the case with the Arc, three year olds and fillies are treated far more leniently than the colts with the weights and although So You Think was the first colt home in the race, he could only manage 4th with three better weighted fillies ahead of him.
Defeat also came in his next outing, the Champion Stakes, where he had the French entry Cirrus Des Aigles ¾ length in front.
His final race which for many was definitely one race too many came in the Breeders Cup Classic where he went off as the co-favourite of three but despite running a great race could only manage sixth place in what was a very close affair. It should be remembered that winning the ‘Classic’ was an almost impossible task from the outset. He first of all had to make a long journey to the ‘States’, just two weeks after his Champion Stakes effort, he then had to run for the first time on dirt against some of the very best Group 1 horses in the world.
It is clear that connections still have high hopes for the colt although his immediate racing future will not be decided until it is known how he comes out of his run at Meydan.
The latest antepost betting for the Dubai World Cup:
7-2 So You Think, 6-1 Smart Falcon, 8 Game On Dude, Royal Delta, 10 Animal Kingdom, Bold Silvano, Master Of Hounds, 12 Beaten Up, Tosen Jordan, 14 Twice Over, 16 Dubai Prince, Green Destiny, Transcend, 20 Planteur