|So You Think gains rave reviews after Curragh stroll|
Aidan O'Brien had a weekend to remember at the Curragh winning the Irish 1000 and 2000 Guineas with horses who had performed poorly at Newmarket three weeks earlier, but for many people it was the Group 1 saunter to success for the tremendously exciting So You Think, facile winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup, that was the most memorable performance of a stellar couple of days for the Ballydoyle handler, writes Elliot Slater.
Anyone that has been following the racing scene of late will know that all at Ballydoyle have been in awe of So You Think since he arrived in Ireland having performed wonders in his native Australia during the autumn where he won four Group 1 races (including the prestigious Cox Plate for the second time) in the space of six weeks at up to 10 furlong. He was then asked to carry a big weight in the 'race that stops a nation', the Melbourne Cup run over two miles and in finishing a brave third to Americain, So You Think showed that he is an outstanding racehorse who is a top class act regardless of trip or ground. Todays horse racing odds suggest he will now dominate the sprot.
Having hacked up on his Irish debut at the Curragh a couple of weeks earlier the son of High Chaparral had scared of most of the opposition and duly was set off a well backed 1/7 shot for the Tattersalls Gold Cup, a race in which he travelled effortlessly before changing gear two furlongs from home and left his rivals for dead, last season's dual Group 1 winner Campanologist doing best of the rest in being beaten an eased down four-and-a-half lengths.
On the strength of this latest win So You Think has now been elevated to favouritism for both the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October. Frankly, I reckon he already looks a 'good thing' to do the double.