Former Aussie Champ So You Think Leads O’Brien Team to Track

There was a pleasant surprise for some of the Australian contingent in Dubai as their former champion So You Think led the six strong team of Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien onto the track for the first time at Meydan Wednesday morning.
The handsome stallion looked more like his old self since some of his charismatic floppy forelock hanging down his forehead has grown back.
His Australian fans had been shocked to see that the forelock had been cut back when he had his first start for O’Brien in Ireland last year and some even likened it to mythical warrior Samson losing his powers after being shorn by the treacherous wench Delilah.
They used it as an unlikely excuse for So You Think not quite regaining the form that saw him win Australia’s most prestigious weight-for-age race, the Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, in 2009-10 when trained by Bart Cummings.
Now the five-year-old, who is disputing favouritism for the US$10 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, a 2,000m contest, seems to have been groomed as the “King” of O’Brien’s famous Ballydoyle stable and he looked the part as he led out the team. This team comprises of St Nicholas Abbey and Treasure Beach, who will both contest the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines, Await The Dawn (Group 1 Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free) and the Group 2 UAE Derby, sponsored by The Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group hopefuls Daddy Long Legs and Wrote for their first look at the track since their arrival on Monday.
It is O’Brien’s most concerted attack on the world’s richest racemeeting and a win for So You Think, who will be ridden by O’Brien’s son Joseph, would secure his future value as a stallion for Coolmore Stud.
The O’Brien team walked two circuits of the all-weather track and then had a light canter just to get the “feel “ of the artificial surface. O’Brien is not expected in Dubai until Friday night.