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Think confirmed for Arc tilt

So You Think is set to tackle next month's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

The ex-Australian superstar has won four of his five starts this term after switching to the Aidan O'Brien stable. Last seen when winning the Irish Champion Stakes, So You Think will be stepping up in trip for the October 2 contest.

While the five-year-old ran over two miles when third in last year's Melbourne Cup, he has yet to race over the Arc distance of 12 furlongs.

"So You Think is in great form and all being well with him, the plan is to run in the Arc given reasonable ground conditions," O'Brien told www.coolmore.com.

Andre Fabre has trained a remarkable seven previous winners of Europe's premier middle-distance prize and this year's major hope is Meandre.

The three-year-old suffered a surprise defeat in the Prix Niel at Longchamp on Sunday at the hands of Reliable Man, who he had previously beaten comprehensively in the Grand Prix de Paris. Fabre admits some of his string have been under a cloud, but he is not using that as an excuse for the defeat.

"Everything is fine with him and I was happy with his run. Some of my horses had been coughing and although he was not affected, I could not train him properly because of this," said Fabre.

"But I do not want to make any excuses. Reliable Man was striding out a lot better than he did in the Grand Prix de Paris on Sunday and we were beaten by a better horse on the day. Meandre will still go for the Arc and I hope he can run a good race, but we will see."

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