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Aust Quarantine Issue For So You Think 3rd Cox Plate

Monday, 4th July 2011

However racingpost.com noted that while “a tilt at a 3rd Cox Plate is among the options being considered for So You Think”, a “triumphant home-coming may be thwarted by quarantine restrictions”. While trainer Aidan O'Brien “flagged the Cox Plate as an option, along with the French Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe & US Gr1 Breeders' Cup”, the Ballydoyle property owned by Coolmore (So You Think’s current European training base) “has been rejected as a quarantine facility by Australian authorities making an Australian trip problematical due to the time he would have to spend at another centre”. And in Australia Duncan Ramage (Australian bloodstock manager for So You Think’s minority share-holder Dato Tan Chin Nam) said while the Malaysian businessman was “thrilled with the win” in the Gr1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, he was “not overly concerned about another Cox Plate” noting: “If So You Think came for the Cox Plate he could not run in the Arc or the Breeders' Cup in the US. Dato Tan is very keen for So You Think to be an ambassador for Australasian racing. He wants him to be a flag bearer around the world & the horse has 2 Cox Plates already. The decision will be up to Coolmore & it's great to think of the options he has. As Dato has said, So You Think was the Tiger Of Australia & he wants him to show he is the world's Tiger.”

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