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So You Think Wins UK Gr1 Prince Of Wales

Thursday, 21st June 2012

At Royal Ascot overnight, Coolmore's Ballydoyle-based Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien apologised for previous training mistakes & not listening to former trainer Bart Cummings after former Australian superstar & now 10-time Gr1-winning 5YO entire So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) scored a 2.25-lengths victory (see VIDEO CORNER at bottom right) in the £500,000 (A$800,000) Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes (10 furlongs) for 4YOs & up, to atone for his runner-up effort in this same race last year. Coolmore's dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Darshaan) added Gr1 triumph as So You Think (ridden by Joseph O'Brien for his father Aidan) defeated Queen Elizabeth II's US-bred 4YO entire Carlton House (Street Cry-Talented, by Bustino) & Godolphin's fellow 4YO entire Farhh (Pivotal-Gonbarda, by Lando). So You Think (a NZ$110,000 yearling consigned from Windsor Park at the 2008 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka) now boasts 14 wins (also including May's Irish Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup over 10.5 furlongs at The Curragh, plus 2011's Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown, UK Gr1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes over 10 furlongs at Sandown, Irish Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup over 10.5 furlongs at The Curragh & Irish Gr3 Mooresbridge Stakes over 10 furlongs at The Curragh, as well as 2010's Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes over 2000m at Flemington, Gr1 Cox Plate over 2040m at Mooney Valley, Gr1 Yalumba Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield, Gr1 Underwood Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield & Gr2 Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield, in addition to 2009's Gr1 Cox Plate over 2040m at Moonee Valley & Gr3 Gloaming Stakes over 1800m at Rosehill) & 5 placings (in 2011's UK Gr1 Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs at Ascot & UK Gr1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes over 10 furlongs at Royal Ascot, plus 2010's Gr1 Melbourne Cup over 3200m at Flemington, as well as both 2009's Gr1 Emirates Stakes over 1600m at Flemington & Listed Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap over 1400m at Randwick) from 23 starts for £5,058,956 (A$8.094m) earnings.

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