So You Think (5/1 Breeders’ Cup Classic Outright – bet365) could be heading across the Atlantic for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs next month, according to his Malaysian part-owner.
The five-year-old has recorded victories in Australia and Europe throughout his career to date, with his reputation having risen since Coolmore acquired a large stake in the dual Cox Plate winner earlier in 2011.
This year So You Think has won three Group One Races this season and was only beaten by hugely impressive showings from highly-regarded rivals in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Champion Stakes.
The globe-trotting So You Think could now be heading to the United States and a bid for Breeders Cup glory in November, according to reports in Australia.
Part-owner Dato Tan Chin Nam told the Sydney Morning Herald: “He could have won three Cox Plates but [we] wanted to take on the world.
“He has showcased Australian racing to the world and showed that we can match them. It has taken two course records to beat him [in his last two starts].
“I hope he can go better in America.”
Elsewhere, Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah, reckons Sea Moon (4/1 Outright – bet365) will make a big impression in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs as the race will come at exactly the right time in his development.
Tags: ante post, breeders' cup classic, Champion Stakes, churchill downs, Dato Tan Chin Nam, khalid abdullah, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Sea Moon, so you think, Teddy Grimthorpe
Classics | Horse Racing Betting News | October 20, 2011 17:15 |
Bet365 have Blue Bunting at 6/1 to win the 2011 St Leger following another impressive victory in a Group 1 race, although connections are keeping their options open.
The Godolphin-owned filly claimed a second Oaks success of the year, taking the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York – following her victory in the Irish Oaks in July.
The three-year-old was held up in the early stages of the race but made her surge with two furlongs to go and won by three-quarters of a length, holding off Sir Henry Cecil-charge Vota Nova.
It was the favourite’s fourth win in six starts and jockey Frankie Dettori (14/1 York Ebor Meeting – Top Jockey) has described her form as “red hot” and believes she “deserves” a crack at the St Leger.
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford was not giving too much away on future plans, confirming that Sheikh Mohammed plans to “keep all options open”.
Crisford added: “We’ll see how she is over the next week or so and then make a decision.
“It’s not definite that she will run in the St Leger, but it is quite possible.”
Bookmakers have responded to an upbeat assessment of the chance of her Laughing Lashes in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket by cutting the odds of a victory for the US bred Jessica Harrington-trained filly on the Rowley Mile, writes Elliot Slater.
Harrington reports the Mr Greeley filly to have grown considerably through the winter, adding that she has also filled out considerably and has been working very well ahead of her bid to land the first fillies’ classic of the term at HQ. With much media attention being focused on the yard’s 2000 Guineas contender Pathfork, the County Kildare handler has been at pains to remind punters that her filly should not be overlooked and should enter calculations for those considering having a wager on the 1000 Guineas. It may be worth looking around a number of horse racing betting sites to find the best price.
Bookmakers took note of Harrington’s confidence some trimming her odds of 14/1 to just 10/1, although others still offer the original price for the time being. Laughing Lashes had four outings as a juvenile, winning once and finishing second on the other three occasions. After being beaten just a short-head on her debut at the Curragh in June, Laughing Lashes went down by just a length to Aidan O’Brien’s smart Together in the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown, before finally catching the judge’s eye when beating another quality O’Brien fill Misty For Me in the Group 2 Keeneland Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in August.
Clashing again with Misty For Me in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes back at the Curragh three weeks later Laughing Lashes failed by just a length to win in the top grade but was keeping on well and was certainly not disgraced against a filly that is as short as 6/1 to land the mile fillies’ crown herself.