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So You Think - Curragh - 02.05.2011

So You Think: will be in stall four for Saturday's Dubai World Cup

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Joseph O'Brien confident So You Think can deliver

SO YOU THINK, favourite for the Dubai World Cup, will mount his challenge from stall four of 14 for the world's richest race, with jockey Joespeh O'Brien declaring the favourite will "take all the beating."

Aidan O'Brien's contender will have second-favourite Smart Falcon next door in stall five, while Game On Dude, thirdin at 7-1, was last out of the hat and as a consequence is widest of all in stall 14.

Paddy Power reacted to the draw by cutting So You Think into 5-2 favourite (from 3-1).

After winning on Robin Hood at Leopardstown on Wednesday evening, O'Brien said: "There's nothing wrong with stall four and there seems to be some pace on which will suit him. He's in great form and I think he will take all the beating. The Breeders' Cup came at the end of a long season and hopefully he can show how good he is on Saturday."

As well as that ride, O'Brien has leading chances on St Nicholas Abbey [Sheema Classic], and Await The Dawn [Dubai Duty Free].

He added: "He's [St Nicholas Abbey] quite an easy horse to get right and has been doing everything right. He's in good form and should run well. Await The Dawn is also in good form. He's won over the trip in the past, which will suit."

Coral pushed out Game On Dude to 10-1 (from 7), after his draw but part-owner Bernie Schiappa refused to be downcast and said: "It is the perfect position. That is our lucky number. My dear friend Terry Lane passed away last year and he died on the 14th."

Of Godolphin's four challengers, Monterosso fared best in stall eight, while Capponi [11], Prince Bishop [12] and Mendip [13] will have to overcome widedraws.

Trainers were quick to pick stalls in the middle of the field believing that is the place to be, with Royal Delta first out and connections plumping for stall seven.

Dubai World Cup Draw in full

1. Master Of Hounds
2. Eishin Flash
3. Zazou
4. So You Think
5. Smart Falcon
6. Planteur
7. Royal Delta
8. Monterosso
9. Silver Pond
10. Transcend
11. Capponi
12. Prince Bishop
13. Mendip
14. Game On Dude

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