22 Dec 2010

So You Think off to Ireland

6:39 am on 22 December 2010

One of Australia's top race horses So You Think is on his way to Ireland with the colt's owners hoping he can emulate his sire High Chaparral by proving himself to be the best racehorse in the world.

The four-year-old middle distance specialist is making the long trip from New South Wales to County Tipperary after the Coolmore stud purchased a controlling interest in him in a deal reported to be worth 80 million dollars last month.

Australian training great Bart Cummings described So You Think as probably the best horse he had ever trained and the sale to Coolmore a few days after a third-place finish at the Melbourne Cup as a "great tragedy" for Australian racing.

Cummings had trained the colt to two Cox Plate victories and three other Group One wins, fuelling the widely held impression that So You Think was the best racehorse Australia had seen in three decades or more.

So You Think will be trained at Ballydoyle by Aidan O'Brien, who prepared High Chaparral for victory in the 2002 Epsom Derby and the Breeder's Cup turf in 2002 and 2003, the latter in a dead heat with Johar.