So You Think’s European campaign continues to go from strength to strength with the Australian import sealing outright favouritism for the famed Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with a dominant Tattersall’s Gold Cup win at The Curragh.
The former Bart Cummings-trained champion, who is now in the care of Aidan O’Brien, stormed clear at the head of Paddy Power’s market for the October 2 Arc with an effortless win in the 2112-metre Group 1 in the early hours of Monday morning, Australian time.
The High Chaparral entire headed to The Curragh joint favourite for the 2400m Arc at 4/1 with defending champion Workforce, but had his price trimmed to 7/2 following the ease of his win.
So You Think ambled home by four-and-a-half lengths from Campanologist, who ran 16th in last year’s Melbourne Cup, justifying the faith of punters who sent him around the 1/7 favourite in the five-horse field.
Ryan Moore, regular rider of Workforce, enjoyed his first ride on So You Think in the Gold Cup and told Racing Post he was impressed by the feel the former Aussie champ gave him.
“So You Think has a big, long stride that covers the same amount of ground most horses would taketwo strides to cover,” Moore said. “He travelled very well and was impressive when I asked him to go on.”
The win was So You Think’s sixth at the top level following wins in a pair of Cox Plates, an Underwood Stakes, Yalumba Stakes and Mackinnon Stakes prior to being partly sold to Irish breeding giant Coolmore after his game third in last year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup.
He will get the chance to add another Group 1 to his CV at Royal Ascot on June 15 when he steps out in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2000m).
“The Prince of Wales’s at Royal Ascot will be next,” O’Brien told Racing Post. “That was always the plan if everything went well today. It was important for Ryan Moore to sit on him in a race in case he might be able to ride him at Ascot.
“He’s incredible – a different creature to what we’ve ever seen before and we’re just very lucky to have him racing onthis side of the world this year.”