Plans remain open for So You Think

Plans remain fluid for recent Coral Eclipse winner So You Think as connections mull over a number of domestic and overseas target for the son of High Chaparral.

In the immediate aftermath of his defeat of Workforce last Saturday trainer Aidan O’Brien hinted that So You Think could make a return to Australia and try for a historic tilt at the Cox Plate, a race that he has won for the last two consecutive years.

However in the past few days it appears that a return down under could be scuppered as the quarantine arrangements at Ballydoyle do not meet new, stricter, requirements.

Racing manager for Dato Tan Chin Nam, who sold a majority stake in the horse to Coolmore, Duncan Ramage said: “There are no real developments at the moment, it’s still at the talking stage and, of course, Coolmore will have the final say on plans for the horse.

“The quarantine issue would have to be overcome and if he were to return you would be giving up races like the Arc, the Breeders’ Cup and the new race at Ascot (Champion Stakes).

“He would have to go into quarantine on September 15, so he could run in the Irish Champion on September 3 and a decision be taken after that.

“When he was here he had races like (the Cox Plate) on his doorstep, but now he has other viable options.”

Ramage was also thrilled with the performance of So You Think in the Eclipse where he defeat last year’s Derby and Arc hero Workforce by half a length “He was really well ridden by Seamus Heffernan, he was very cool and was prepared to sit and wait until the furlong marker.

“He beat last year’s best middle-distance horse fair and square on the day, and at a testing track like Sandown.

“Some people were saying he should have won by more, but you are never going to beat a horse like Workforce easily.”

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