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Dato Tan Says O'Brien Will Decide So You Think Target

Friday, 8th July 2011

Malaysian businessman & part-owner Dato Tan Chin Nam confirmed the keenly-awaited choice between “continuing his ground-breaking northern hemisphere campaign or returning to Australia for a possible 3rd Cox Plate” for former Australian superstar & now 7-time Gr1-winning 4YO entire So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) will be made by Coolmore’s Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien. Dato Tan told The Daily Telegraph: “I learned a long time ago to listen to great trainers - that is why you give them your horses. I listen to Bart (Cummings) & we have been very successful. We have had So You Think, Viewed, Saintly, Faint Perfume, God's Own, Wonderful World, Catalan Opening, Danendri, Danarani & of course Think Big & so many others. So You Think is now with Aidan O'Brien, who is also a great trainer & I listen to his advice.” Dato Tan (who has won 3 Gr1 Cox Plates with Saintly in 1996 & So You Think 2009-2010) admitted Australia's weight-for-age championship was “a race he covets”, but whether his champion returns for a shot at equalling Kingston Town's hat-trick of wins was up to O'Brien, noting: “The Cox Plate is a race I love, it is one of the world's great races. But I want to see what is best for So You Think. If Aidan O'Brien says that it is the Cox Plate, then I would love to see him come home and defend his title. If Aidan says there is more to conquer (in the Northern Hemisphere) then I say 'conquer'. Like any parent, you want to do what is best for your children; I want whatever is best for So You Think. Time will tell what that is. Only Kingston Town has won 3 Cox Plates & no horse from Australia or New Zealand has won the Arc or a Breeders Cup race. History stands before him. I think So You Think will man up & show what he can do wherever he goes.”

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