So You Think to run in Irish Champion Stakes

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Updated: August 5, 2011

Former Aussie superstar So You Think is set to have his next start in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on 3 September.

Aidan O’Brien’s import has won three of his four races since moving to Europe, with the trainer blaming himself for the horses sole defeat at Royal Ascot. At the time, O’Brien felt that he had been too easy on the horse at home and he just needed the run.

Coolmore Australia racing manager Tom Magnier said that Leopardstown was the most likely next port of call for the horse:

“There are plenty of options for him,”.

“His next run is going to be in the Irish Champion Stakes. He can run in that and then go into quarantine if he was to come here.

“But there are a couple of other races that the trainer could run him in as well.”

So You Think may yet return Down Under to bid for a third consecutive Cox Plate, but Man o’War Stakes winner Cape Blanco is now looking Ballydoyle’s most likely runner in that race.

“He (Cape Blanco) is the horse that the trainer thinks is suitable for the race,” Magnier told The Age.

“There are still a few issues we need to get organised before any horse would be coming.

“I will be talking to Aidan in the next couple of days, but we are keeping our options open with both horses.”

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