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O'Brien Apologies For "Not Listening To Bart Cummings"

Thursday, 21st June 2012

Immediately after So You Think's authoritative victory, trainer Aidan O'Brien blamed himself for the horse's past defeats & declared triumphantly: "We felt like we had him in a place that he was never in before with us. We've had him a year & a half & it's taken me that long to learn how to train him." O'Brien admitted bluntly: "We went back & listened to what everybody was saying about him & to what Bart (Cummings, former trainer in Australia) was telling us to do & not to do. We reviewed everything & we listened at the end. Bart was speaking from the heart & I was probably over-working the horse here & galloping the speed out of him, instead of letting him be natural. Joseph (O'Brien, the jockey) was of the opinion that he would wait & ride him that way. Before we got him, everyone was of the opinion that he was all speed; but I started off on the wrong leg with him & tried to make him stay a mile and a half. I worked him too long & too often, but we knew we only had a few runs left (today & the UK Gr1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on July 7) to get him back (before he is due to retire to stud) & the lads (Coolmore owners) were confident it was going to come. It will be the boys' decision when he goes to stud, but Sandown was in our head as a cut-off point. We'll be pleading hard now, but it's a business decision. We're just delighted to get him back to where Bart had him & all I can say is I'm sorry it took me so long to get him back to where everyone in Australia said he was. If he wasn't such a great horse, I'd have made a right mess of him." Joseph O'Brien added: "He relaxed lovely & quickened up very well when Carlton House got the split on the inside. Once he could see the other horse on his inside, he was never going to be beaten. I just wanted to get him into a rhythm & let him relax, as he has loads of class & can quicken. When things work out, he's an exceptional horse."

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