Easy Group 1 victory for 'incredible' So You Think
Report: Curragh, Sunday
Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) 1m2½f, 4yo+
SO YOU THINK, the Australian superstar who is now two from two since moving to trainer Aidan O'Brien, claimed his first Group 1 for Ballydoyle with the minimum of fuss.
Ryan Moore had only to push the 1-7 favourite out hands and heels to record an easy victory on the horse O'Brien was quick to call "incredible" after the race.
Bookmakers were quick to react to the four-and-a-half-length success by making So You Think outright favourite for both the Betfair King George and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Paddy Power pushed the five-year-old ahead of Workforce in their Arc market at 7-2 from 4-1. The firm left him unchanged at 5-2 favourite for the King George at Ascot on July 23. Victor Chandler were even more taken with the victory, cutting So You Think to 2-1 favourite (from 11-4) for the King George and to 7-2 (from 9-2) for the Arc at Longchamp on October 2.
Moore, whorides Workforce, second favourite to So You Think in most antepost markets, was equally impressed. He said: "So You Think has a big, long stride that covers the same amount of ground most horses would take two strides to cover. He travelled very well and was impressive when I asked him to go on."
The son of High Chaparral, who took a lead from stablemate Windsor Palace through the opening stages before burning off his rivals up the home straight, was cut to 11-4 favourite (from 7-2) for the Coral-Eclipse in July by Coral.
But O'Brien was thinking no further than Royal Ascot next month for his exciting new recruit. He said: "The Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot will be next. That was always the plan if everything went well today. It was important for Ryan Moore to sit on him in a race in case he might be able to ride him at Ascot."
The trainer eulogised: "He's incredible - a different creature to what we've ever seen before and we're just very lucky to have him racing on this side of the world this year.
"He'd have no problem running in a Group 1 over a mile."