Aidan O’Brien believes that So You Think’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe efforts should not have taken too much out of him, as he prepares the former Aussie superstar for the Champion Stakes at Ascot today.
The horse finished fourth at Longchamp a fortnight ago and his trainer has been pleased with his work since returning from France.
Despite his defeat in the Group One contest, O’Brien remains convinced he is a horse of the highest order.
“He was a great horse before we got him and he has shown he still is,” O’Brien told At The Races.
We were happy with him the last day and the Arc was only a couple of weeks ago, but we’re happy with him.
“The Arc was one of those strange races and the horses that were on the pace stayed on the pace. We thought he ran a great race on the day and it was his first run over a mile and a half.
“He was drawn badly and Seamus (Heffernan) had to give him a chance and that is what he did. Because of where he was drawn he probably ended up a bit further away than ideally he would have wanted, but for the benefit of the horse long-term, he had to do that.
“He relaxed and travelled through the race and quickened well up the straight – he just didn’t get to the leaders. The horse had a good experience and seems well since. If we ever had to go back over a mile and a half again, it wouldn’t worry us. He’s coming back to a mile and a quarter and he ran a stormer in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes in Ascot (second to Rewilding).
“He has a great constitution and an unbelievable capacity for work.
He’s an unbelievable cruiser and has a very economical way of going. We’re looking forward to seeing him run.”