Seamie Heffernan is set to ride the red hot favourite So You Think in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes this Saturday at Leopardstown.
Heffernan will be partnering the son of High Chaparral for the third time having ridden him on his first start in Ireland and most recently when the pair defeated last year’s Arc winner Workforce. With Ryan Moore, who rode the horse in the Prince Of Wales Stakes, out injured for the foreseeable future Heffernan has been intrusted with the ride.
Duncan Ramage, racing manager to part-owner Dato Tam Nim Chan, said on Tuesday: “The information I have from Coolmore is that Seamie Heffernan takes the mount again and we’re very pleased to have him.
“The decision is made by Coolmore for us as we’re pretty much the silent partner now. They know what they’re doing.
We’re delighted Seamie is riding the horse as he’s unbeaten on him and hopefully he can keep that run going on Saturday.”
Despite the presence of crack filly Snow Fairy, bookmakers have installed So You Think the 1-3 to claim his third Group 1 of the season. However Ramage feels that Saturday’s race is not the forgone conclusion that many people think it is.
“”I saw Snow Fairy when she won in Hong Kong last year and I was impressed. I thought she would pose a significant threat to So You Think when he transferred to Europe,” Ramage said.
“Her last start was her best this campaign if she continues to improve and come back to form she’ll be tough to beat.”
Plans for the rest of the season for So You Think remain fluid; however a tilt at a third Cox Plate is unlikely. “Put it this way, if he’s to come to Australia he’s coming for only one race which involves travelling across the Equator to the southern hemisphere, while if he remains in Europe there’s multiple options,” Ramage said.
“Coolmore said they wouldn’t talk about it until after Saturday and you don’t need to teach them to suck eggs.”
He continued: “My opinion is that it would be fantastic for Australia if he were to go and win the Arc and make history. He’s the favourite and it would be silly not to consider the race but we’ll leave the decision to Aidan O’Brien. A lot will depend on Saturday.”