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So You Think Achieves Unique Feat In Eclipse

Thursday, 7th July 2011

The UK Racing Post's authoritative "World Class" ratings service (an analysis of the international scene according to Racing Post Ratings) has entered the debate over the relative merits of the victory by former Australian superstar & now 7-time Gr1-winning 4YO entire So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) in the weekend's £400,000 (A$600,000) Gr1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes (10 furlongs) at Sandown in England with the emphatic declaration: “So You Think enhanced his global reputation in the Coral-Eclipse on Saturday, but after such a high profile build-up it would be easy to overlook just what a unique achievement this was.” "World Class" analyst Sam Walker asserted: “Europe is by a long way the dominant force in the middle-distance division. Lower grade exports are often successful at the top level overseas, while championship races in Europe have proved an impenetrable fortress to outsiders - until now. . . . . In Australia, So You Think won with his head in his chest more often than not. . . . . The horses he faced were not as smart as Workforce (Eclipse runner-up, who won both 2010’s Gr1 English Derby & Gr1French Arc De Triomphe), but they were good enough to suggest he had a shot at supplying the southern hemisphere with that elusive breakthrough in Europe. On Saturday those expectations were put to the test against last season's world champion turf 3YO and, after coming out on top, So You Think now takes his rightful place as leader of the global middle-distance standings (with a Racing Post Rating of 132). . . . . One of his main assets is his remarkable consistency & if he can continue to run to a level in the low 130s for the rest of the season - something he is fully capable of - he will undoubtedly keep on winning. . . . . Aidan O'Brien (trainer) mentioned targets like the International, the Irish Champion & the Cox Plate & 132 would be enough to win any of those races in a normal year.” To read the full Racing Post analysis, click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand-side of this page.

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