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Plans in mind for So You Think

By Chris McGrath

Ireland’s premier all-aged championship on Saturday so perilously resembles a lap of honour for So You Think, who counts two stablemates among just five potential opponents, that people already seem more interested in his next race.

And there was a strong hint yesterday that a return to Australia for a third Cox Plate might be abandoned so that he can replace Coolmore's retired Derby winner, Pour Moi, in the Arc.

Though connections are naturally reserving any decision until after the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes, Australian quarantine regulations will oblige them to commit pretty promptly to a clear strategy.

Were he repatriated for the Cox Plate, Saturday's race would almost inevitably prove his last in the Northern Hemisphere.

Should he go for the Arc, however, he could still proceed to the Breeders' Cup.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has also entered Cape Blanco for the Cox Plate and his patrons may decide that Australian breeders, already perfectly familiar with So You Think, might be more profitably introduced to a son of Galileo.

They have already reached one logical conclusion, in confirming that Seamus Heffernan will ride So You Think at Leopardstown — as if they had any other rational or conscionable alternative, after Heffernan rode the horse to win the Eclipse Stakes.

Riding arrangements for Snow Fairy, likewise ridden in the past by the sidelined Ryan Moore, have proved less straightforward.

But trainer Ed Dunlop hopes that Frankie Dettori can make the dash from Haydock, where he rides Delegator in the big sprint, to partner a filly he rode for the first time when she shaped so well in the Nassau Stakes. Certainly the Irish must be grateful that obscure red tape ruled Snow Fairy out of a scheduled engagement in France.

“Our hand has been forced in this direction,” Dunlop admitted.

“But she's fit, ready to run, and we're running out of options for her. We knew she was going to need her Eclipse run badly, and she stepped forward in the Nassau. Again Frankie said she would improve.”

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