Thursday, 21 June 2012

The real So You Think unveiled

I was a bit upset when So You Think was sold off to the Irish about a year and a half ago. This was an incredibly handsome horse with a confident stride, and I had marvelled at its performances during the 2010 Australian racing season. After So You Think was moved to his new base in Ireland, he continued racing. There were successful runs but there were also disappointments. In my opinion, the highest profile races which the horse did not win were at last year's Royal Ascot and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and this year's Dubai World Cup.

Then came word that this year's Ascot races in England could jolly well be the horse's final appearance before he was sent back to Australia to assume his stud career. So You Think would be taking part in the Prince of Wales' Stakes again.

In the race yesterday, So You Think (left) was again installed as the favourite to win but he came against a very strong challenge from Carlton House, owned by Queen Elizabeth II herself. When they thundered down the final furlong, Carlton House was about a half length in front of So You Think but the jockey, 19-year-old Joseph O'Brien, urged the horse to give a final kick that saw him power through and finish two and a quarter lengths ahead.

All the words can never describe So You Think's superlative run but there is now YouTube to enable us to feast on the Royal Ascot and this 150th anniversary of the Prince of Wales' Stakes. So here it is...

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