Seamie Heffernan, rider of the tremendously talented ex-Australian star So You Think, is confident that whatever distance he goes and wherever he races next, the Ballydoyle colt will take all the beating, writes Elliot Slater.
A top grade winner in his native land at distances between seven and ten furlongs, So You Think also ran an extraordinary race to finish a fine third to Americain in last year’s Melbourne Cup over two-miles and has already established himself as amongst the very best in the northern hemisphere, leaving those who bet on racing purring with excitement at what he can achieve. He has already won four of his five outings since joining Aidan O’Brien’s team in County Tipperary during the winter.
Campaigned almost exclusively at 10-furlongs since moving to Europe, the five-year-old son of High Chaparral made a wining debut in Europe in a Group 3 race at the Curragh in April then followed up in Group 1 company at the same track three weeks later, slamming the smart Campanologist by over four-lengths in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.
His only defeat came when a red-hot favourite for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, where after seemingly having the race in the bag at the furlong pole he tied up in the last 100 yards and was caught in the last stride by a vintage Frankie Dettori ride on the ill-fated Rewilding. O’Brien subsequently admitted he had the horse only 90% fit going into the race.
Back to winning form in the Coral Eclipse Stakes when getting the better of last year’s Derby and ‘Arc’ hero Workforce, So You Think followed up at Leopardstown on Saturday in the Irish Champion Stakes, fending off the superb Snow Fairy to score by half-a-length. Talk of a clash with the mighty Frankel over a mile in the QEII Stakes at Ascot, or a bid for the Champion Stakes at Newmarket abounds, whilst other options include the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Those looking for horse racing tips would do well to look up So You Think’s next race.
Wherever he goes and no matter over which distance he races, whoever takes on O’Brien’s latest superstar will know for sure they’ve been in with one of the very best around.