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So YouThink 'slightly underdone' - Cummings
Australia: So You Think's former trainer Bart Cummings reckons the four-year-old was "slightly underdone" and may have made a premature move to the front at Royal Ascot on Wednesday before his defeat in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.
The legendary Australian trainer also criticised the use of pacemakers as "completely unnecessary" in the wake of So You Think's odds-on defeat at Royal Ascot, where he was beaten a quarter of a length by Godolphin's Rewilding.
Cummings, who trained So You Think to win five Group 1 races including back-to-back runnings of the Cox Plate, believes the colt lost little in defeat.
Having watched the race on television, he said his former charge looked as though he would strip fitter for the effort after being collared inside the final furlong by Rewilding.
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"I thinkhe looked very well - (but) he certainly will improve with the run," Cummings said on Sky Sports Radio on Thursday.
"He overraced and was rather fresh," added Cummings. "He pulled a little bit and he may have gone far too early. I think the horse will still improve greatly from that and the experience will educate O'Brien about what the horse probably needs."
O'Brien has taken the blame for So You Think's defeat, admitting that in hindsighthe doesn't think he had the entire fit enough for the Group 1 event.
There has also been criticism in Australia of the role of the pacemaker Jan Vermeer. "I think pacemakers are completely unnecessary and cause too much trouble," said Cummings. "I think we're on the right track in Australia barring that idea."
Steven Arnold, who rode So You Think to his second Cox Plate victory last spring and finished third aboard him in the Melbourne Cup, said he was baffled as to why a pacemaker would be used when So You Think races on the speed.
"I suppose it works at times and it doesn't at others," he said, speaking on Sky Sports Radio. "In my opinion if you've got a horse who races on the speed you want to get the softest run you can, not have to chase the horse and make it a real test."
Arnold said he thought So You Think looked fit pre-race and was surprised he did not win.
"We all expected him to win," he said. "Probably I expected him to win but that's the game, that's why we're in it, it doesn't work like that.
"Nothing's a given. It's a horserace, you've got to win it. I suppose they beat the rest by six lengths but take nothing away from the winner, he did a good job."
Arnold rode Australian sprinterStar Witness to finish second in Tuesday's King's Stand Stakes and will ride the Danny O'Brien-trained colt again in Saturday's Golden Jubilee.