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World’s richest race in mind for So You Think

By Chris McGrath

Perhaps smarting from recent remarks by Ireland's official handicapper, connections of So You Think yesterday targeted a prize commensurate with the reputation that preceded him from Australia.

So You Think is being aimed at the world's richest race, the Dubai World Cup, in a bid to restore the gloss worn away by four defeats in his last six starts.

Each could in itself be counted a top-class effort but his trainer Aidan O'Brien remained adamant that the horse's full potential has yet to be realised.

Be that as it may, his next project is arguably most significant as a further thaw in the icy relations between Coolmore and the Maktoum brothers, perennial antagonists both on the track and in the sales ring.

Last year, Coolmore had their first Dubai runners since 2005, Cape Blanco finishing fourth in the World Cup and Master Of Hounds forcing a photo for the UAE Derby. Of course, John Magnier and his partners are supreme pragmatists and may simply feel that a purse of $10 million renders past differences trivial.

But the earnest participation of their Ballydoyle stable certainly offers heightened legitimacy to a meeting designed to showcase the Maktoums' homeland.

So You Think's Dubai option was disclosed yesterday by O'Brien's wife, Anne-Marie, with the customary qualification that “no decision will be made until nearer the time”.

But a horse so important to the stable would hardly be entered for a race as early as March 31 on a speculative basis, as he must begin fast work far sooner than would otherwise be the case.

Coral make him 7-2 favourite.

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