So You Think wins the Eclipse
Left to his own devices So You Think confirmed his place among the best in the world with a brilliant victory in the Gr1 Coral EclipseStakes at Sandown. Much had been made of So You Think’s last start defeat in the Prince Of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot, with blame varying between Aiden O’Brien’s admission of his charge going into the race underdone, and poor use of a pacemaker, but there were no such concerns in the Eclipse.
It was So You Think flying solo this time for the Coolmore powerhouse in an apparent match race against the English Derby and Prix de l’arc de Triomphe hero Workforce, accompanied by his pacemaker Confront.
With So You Think’s Royal Ascot rider Ryan Moore preferring Workforce, it was left to Seamie Heffernan to reclaim the mount, having ridden the Aussie hero to his debut European victory in the Mooresbridge Stakes.
And Heffernan made no mistakes in keeping the pair’s one hundred percent record intact.
The five horse field settled into the expected rhythm with Confront taking up the pace in support of Workforce with So You Think trailing that pair.
With about 800m to go Workforce cruised through an inside run offered by his stablemate and Ryan surged his mount clear with So You Think riding his slipstream.
Upon straightening Workforce quickened beautifully and, full of running, looked to have the race at his mercy until Heffernan shifted So You Think to his outside to launch his challenge.
At the furlong mark it was quickly apparent that here was two world class horses about to provide the answer to the pre-race debate of which was the better.
Just as quickly though So You Think hung his head to the right, his tongue to the left, lengthened stride and proved once and for all to the rest of the world what the Australasian racing fraternity have known all along.
Workforce was brave in defeat but had no answer.
The future for So You Think however is far from clear.
He firmed to 9-4 for the King George and is 5-2 for the Prix de l’arc de Triomphe, but races like the Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and a third tilt at the Cox Plate remain on the agenda.
“He is a horse that gets a mile and a quarter but he has a miler’s pace and when they settle with the speed he has the sky is the limit,” said Aiden O’Brien.
“He has a lot of choices. He has the Irish Champion Stakes, he has theJuddmonte and he could have a break now and be trained for the Cox Plate. He has so many races open to him so we will go home and talk about it and hopefully we will come up with the right plan.”