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Sunday 19 August 2018

Ballydoyle concentrate on So You Think for Arc assault

As expected, in the absence of Epsom Derby winner Pour Moi, the eight-time Group One winner So You Think will be Coolmore's head honcho in next month's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, writes Niall Cronin.

Official confirmation emerged from Ballydoyle yesterday that the Coral-Eclipse and Red Mill Irish Champion Stakes winner would head to Paris to contest Europe's autumn highlight.

A specialist over 10 furlongs, So You Think will be trying 1m4f for the first time in his illustrious career, although he did run over further once, when finishing third in the Melbourne Cup last year.

So You Think's options lay between Longchamp and Champions Day at Ascot, at which he had two engagements.

The five-year-old could have dropped back in trip for a mouth-watering meeting with Frankel, but also had the most likely option of claiming a second Champion Stakes, this time the English equivalent over his favoured trip.

Form

Aidan O'Brien said: "So You Think is in great form and all being well with him, the plan is to run in the Arc given reasonable ground conditions."

A jockey booking for So You Think is likely to be the next talking point as the currently sidelined Ryan Moore would have to stick with last year's winner, Workforce, should he return to action in time, meaning that Seamie Heffernan is likely to retain the ride on the colt.

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