Coolmore chief keen for So You Think to remain in training
Published 04/10/2011 | 05:00
AIDAN O'Brien's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe fourth, So You Think, could yet race on next season after connections indicated yesterday that they felt he had "shown no signs that he is ready to go to stud".
So You Think stayed on strongly from an unpromising position to finish fourth behind Danedream in Sunday's Longchamp showpiece, a race that had been considered to be among his last before he was retired to stud at the end of the season.
However, Coolmore Australia racing manager Tom Magnier said: "We think this horse can keep winning these Group One races. The trainer thinks there is a lot left in the horse's tank. Let's get this season out of the way and I'd say we'd probably continue into next season.
"You can't take anything away from the horse. In the closing stages he kept fighting. We are disappointed he didn't finish closer but there is still plenty of horse to go on with."
Magnier said So You Think's next start could be in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15.
"That would be an option that would be seriously considered," Magnier explained. "The Arc didn't go our way but he's won an unbelievable amount of Group Ones and we want to keep showing the world what he can do."
Meanwhile, Paul Hanagan remains odds-on favourite to retain the flat jockey's title in England despite one of his main rivals, Silvestre de Sousa, recording a fantastic 557/1 four-timer at Pontefract yesterday.
While Hanagan drew a blank, de Sousa was in irresistible form and now sits on 128 winners -- 12 behind Hanagan and three behind second-place Kieren Fallon, who drew a blank at Windsor.