So You Think saved for Emirates Stakes
Cox Plate winner So You Think will not run in Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes with trainer Bart Cummings reverting to his original plan to run him a week later.
The three-year-old will now line up in the Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 7.
Cummings said the colt had come through the Cox Plate in good order but the trainer decided not to pit him against stablemate, defending Melbourne Cup winner Viewed, in the Mackinnon (2000m).
"So You Think has been good to me, I’ve got to be good to him," Cummings said.
"Besides the other race is worth $250,000 more."
Cummings said he would not expect the handicapper to give So You Think more than Weekend Hussler who carried 51.5kg in the Emirates two years ago.
Weekend Hussler won the Caulfield Guineas and Ascot Vale Stakes before running 10th in the Emirates won by Tears I Cry.
So You Think gave Cummings his fourth Cox Plate on Saturday, and probably his most remarkable.
The colt scraped into the field and led all the way to claim the weight-for-age championship at just his fifth start.
He and runner-up Manhattan Rain, also a three-year-old, put paid to the reputations of the older horses with favourite Whobegotyou now in the spelling paddock, Speed Gifted to miss the Melbourne Cup after jarring up on the firm track and New Zealander Nom Du Jeu retired to stud.
By Caryl Williamson