Connections of So You Think are likely to have the Royal Ascot meeting firmly on their minds this season as they prepare the schedule for their runner in 2012. The eight-year old made his first appearance in the UK at the Royal Meeting in 2011 where he finished second behind Rewilding in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes when going off 4/11 favourite. Trainer Aiden O’Brien admitted after the race that he made an error in not working his horse more in training ahead of the Group One contest.
This season So You Think is expected to start his campaign in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan later this month. The former Australian superstar is the ante-post favourite for the richest race in the world and has not been seen since finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic back in November at Churchill Downs. O’Brien has already confirmed that his son Joseph will take over from regular jockey Ryan Moore in the saddle as they aim for the feature race at the three-month Dubai Carnival. Those following the best Ascot betting need to remember this.
So You Think will become O’Brien’s second runner in the World Cup in his career. The last time he entered one of his horses in the race was last year when Cape Blanco finished fourth in the contest won by Victorie Pisa from Japan.
The 14 entries for the big race also include Smart Falcon who will be bidding to ensure Japan wins the race for the second consecutive year. The seven-year old is unbeaten in his last nine starts and has already generated over £5 million in prize in his career so far.