So You Think has avenged his shock 2011 defeat to take top honours in the Group 1 2012 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The former Australian champion was ridden perfectly by Joseph O’Brien, sitting in third spot for the majority of the race before accelerating down the straight to produce a dominant win ahead of second favourite Carlton House.
So You Think left Bart Cummings’ Australian stables following the 2010 Melbourne Cup and despite experiencing Group 1 success overseas, he produced a number of uncharacteristic performances after a change in tactics by Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien apologised to the racing public and admitted he had finally acted on the advice of former trainer Bart Cummings after formerly working So You Think in a manner detrimental to his racing style.
“I apologise to the Australian people for messing it up,” O’Brien said.
“I was overworking the horse…working him too long and too hard.”
O’Brien said it was a credit to the ability of the horse that he was able to bounce back and add a 10th Group 1 title to his outstanding resume.
“It’s only that he’s such a great horse that I didn’t muck him up totally and that he could come back and win today,” he said.
“It took me a while, but I started to listen.
“Everything I was doing was probably against the Australian way. The Australian way was travel and quicken and our way was rhythm and gallop.
“I was probably killing the poor horse.”
For a moment in the straight it looked as if the two-time Cox Plate champion would be challenged by Carlton House before he showed the remarkable turn of foot that was commonplace during his successful Australian career.
The win takes So You Think’s outstanding record to 14 wins from 22 career outings.
A son of High Chaparral, the five-year-old will return to Australia to stand at stud for the Coolmore operation this spring.
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