Seamie goes back to the future for Arc tilt
Seamie Heffernan has been studying old renewals of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in an attempt to plot the best path to success on So You Think at Longchamp tomorrow.
Heffernan has been burning the midnight oil ahead of the biggest ride of his career on Aidan O’Brien’s giant Australian import.
The question that seems to be on the lips of every pundit is whether So You Think will be as effective over a mile and a half given all of his best form in Ireland is over 10 furlongs.
The affable Irishman has been on board for his wins in a Group Three at the Curragh, the Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes, and is excited by the prospect of riding him in Europe's biggest race.
“I've only ever ridden him over a mile and a quarter and I've been very happy with him over that trip,” said Heffernan.
“The Arc is the Arc and if you don't run them, you don't find out.
“Hopefully everything works out. It’s the Arc and it’s always going to be a big field with very strong competition. The bigger field might help him, but you never know.
“He's a very good horse but you still need a bit of luck and hopefully we get it.
“I remember Mick Kinane's ride on Sea The Stars when he had to sit and suffer when he was waiting for a gap.
“I've been watching a few of the old Arcs on video and I’ve ridden in it a few times so I’m looking forward to it.
“All his preparations have gone very well leading up to it so this is the big day.”
O'Brien also runs Treasure Beach and St Nicholas Abbey.
A positive, meanwhile, for last year's winner Workforce, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, was that he was handed stall eight, the same berth from which he was victorious 12 months ago.
Trainer Ed Dunlop was not overjoyed by Snow Fairy's draw of stall 11.
But given she is usually restrained early in her races, Dunlop feels it is not as important as it would be to some of the others.
He said: “We’re not in one to eight, but neither are So You Think or Sarafina so that’s what has happened.
“With her I don’t think it’s as essential as a horse who needs to be close to the pace.
“We’ve got what we’ve got so we’ll make the most of it.
“I think she’s adaptable trip-wise. She's won two Oaks and won over a mile-and-three in Japan.
“We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be very tough, but she deserves to be there.”