It is a race renowned for turning out champions of the turf and future leading stallions. Thus it is fitting that the former Bart Cumming trained galloper So You Think will line-up against Europe and the world’s best in this weekend’s Irish Champion Stakes.
Held at Leopardstown Racecourse in Ireland, the Irish Champion Stakes is raced over 2,012 metres for three-year olds and up. The honour roll is a who’s who of world racing and has become well-known to Australian’s due to many champions shuttling down under to stand at stud.
The 2010 winner Cape Blanco, one of the great European racehorses of all time – Sea The Stars, New Approach, Dylan Thomas, Oratorio, High Chaparral, Fantastic Light, Giant’s Causeway, Daylami, and Suave Dancer to name several.
Behind that list of valuable bloodstock are the dominant powerhouses with the likes of (trainers) Aidan O’Brien, HH Aga Khan IV, John Hammond, and Saeed bin Suroor and Michael Stoute, and (jockeys) Michael Kinane, Kieran Fallon, Johnny Murtagh and Frankie Dettori claiming the prize multiple times.
Now owned by the all-powerful Coolmore international breeding organisation, will O’Brien collect another Irish Champion Stakes with the dual Cox Plate victor?
Since being sold by Dato Tan Chin Nam in 2010 for a reported $A25 million, So You Think has won three from four including the group 1 Tattersalls Cup and group 1 Eclipse Stakes in which he defeated Workforce (2010 Derby and Arc winner).
So You Think has been entered for the weekend’s race at Leopardstown against only a handful of other contenders and will be extremely hard to hold out. What’s in store for the 2010 Australian Champion Three Year Old after that?Franceand then most likely the US Breeders Crown seems to be on the cards; not Australia and the Cox Plate.
That isn’t what the Moonee Valley Racing Club wants to hear. If So You Think was to fly back to Australia, he would be aimed at equallingKingstonTown’s record of three wins in our ‘best’ race. But the breeding value far outweighs a third Cox Plate.
Ever since running fifth in the Caulfield Guineas, the High Chaparral (IRE) stallion has continued to stamp himself as a true racetrack champion and it is only a matter of time before he becomes a very happy male in the breeding barn.
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