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They think he's so special


so_you_thinkAustralasian superstar So You Think posted his sixth Group I success, and his first in the northern hemisphere, when coasting clear for an easy win in the Group I Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Sunday.
The New Zealand-bred son of High Chaparral (IRE), who set the Australian racing scene alight last year, was hardly pushed by jockey Ryan Moore to surge four and a half lengths clear of multiple Group 1 winner Campanologist.

“He stepped up from the last run but had just been ticking over at home since then, it’s a long season,” trainer Aidan O’Brien told Press Association Sport.

“Ryan was delighted with him and said he was very straightforward. The minute he asked him, he responded immediately. The plan was to come here and then go for the Group I Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“He is an incredible horse. When you look at him in races you notice that the others are flat to the boards around him. He’d have no problem winning a mile Group I race and we’ll take it one race at a time with him.”

Bookmakers were quick to react to the four-and-a-half-length success by making So You Think outright favourite for both the Betfair King George and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Paddy Power pushed the five-year-old ahead of last year’s Arc winner Workforce in their Arc market at 7-2 from 4-1. The firm left him unchanged at 5-2 favourite for the King George at Ascot on July 23.

Victor Chandler were even more taken with the victory, cutting So You Think to 2-1 favourite (from 11-4) for the King George and to 7-2 (from 9-2) for the Arc at Longchamp on October 2.

Moore, who also rides Workforce, second favourite to So You Think in most antepost markets, was equally impressed.

He said: “So You Think has a big, long stride that covers the same amount of ground most horses would taketwo strides to cover. He travelled very well and was impressive when I asked him to go on.”

UK Racing Post offered the following assessment: SO YOU THINK only did what he was entitled to do against this opposition. He´s clearly a horse of immense talent, but we´re going to have to wait until he takes on other top-class Group 1 horses before we have our excitement fulfilled, as he didn´t meet any on this occasion.

Following his pacemaker and always travelling with considerable ease, he went to the front two furlongs out, quickly asserted and did nothing much more than the minimum from there. One would have to be impressed with the manner in which he disposed of inferior rivals, but surely more onerous tests await him

So You Think was originally purchased by DGR Thoroughbreds for $110,000 from the Windsor Park Stud draft at the 2008 NZB Premier Sale and did his early racing under the care of master trainer Bart Cummings.

Bred in New Zealand, he is by English Derby winner High Chaparral, who now shuttles to Australia from the Group II winning Tights (USA) mare Triassic.