Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 21 January 2018

O'Brien seeks Champion success with So You Think


So You Think is set to have his next start in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 3. Aidan O'Brien's Australian import has won three of his four races since moving to Europe, with his sole defeat coming against the ill-fated Rewilding in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

So You Think bounced back to win the Eclipse at Sandown and while he holds an entry in the Juddmonte at York, Coolmore Australia racing manager Tom Magnier said Leopardstown was his likely destination.

"There are plenty of options for him," he said. "His next run is going to be in the Irish Champion. He can run in that and then go into quarantine if he's to travel."

Although So You Think is still under consideration for a return Down Under to bid for a third consecutive Cox Plate success, Man o'War Stakes winner Cape Blanco is a more likely contender.

"He (Cape Blanco) is the horse that the trainer thinks is suitable for the race," Magnier said. "There are still a few issues we need to get organised before any horse would be coming."


So You Think is also entered for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on October 15. Henry Cecil's stable star Frankel heads the list of 31 entries for the one-mile contest, with Canford Cliffs and Goldikova also among the possibles.

Frankel is among the 40 that have been given an entry in the English Champion Stakes on the same day, but Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, insists the QEII remains top of the agenda.

Meanwhile, O'Brien's Ascot Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory will drop in both class and trip to have his next race in the Ballycullen Stakes.

The five-year-old stepped up to two and a half miles for the first time in the Gold Cup and oozed class when beating Opinion Poll, which subsequently won the Goodwood Cup.

His next race will be over a mile and three-quarters in the Listed event as O'Brien builds towards a possible crack at the Arc.

The trainer's wife, Annemarie, tweeted: "Fame And Glory will hopefully have his next run in the Ballycullen Stakes at the Curragh on August 20."

There was also news on Recital: "Recital is just back from a little break and could have his first outing in about four to six weeks," she added.

Irish Independent

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