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So You Think could reappear in Dubai World Cup; Tosen Jordan has similar plans

News from Annemarie O’Brien via Twitter confirmed that So You Think will be entered for the Dubai World Cup this week when initial nominations are due for the eight race programme.  Read more from the Racing Post.  Hundreds, potentially even thousands of horses will be nominated in this first, free stage, but the pronouncement of interest from Ballydoyle is surely intriguing.  The Irish invaders finished second in the UAE Derby last year when Master of Hounds, now with Mike de Kock, was nipped by Khawlah, and fourth in the Dubai World Cup when Cape Blanco ran a blinder behind Victoire Pisa.  One other entrant from 2011, Alexander Pope, was sixth in the UAE Derby.

So You Think last appeared in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, his first start on dirt, and finished a most credible sixth.

Appearances in the UAE have been limited for the operation, but they did record a win in the Dubai City of Gold (G2) when Front House scored over the stalwart, Quijano, racing in the all navy colours of Mrs. John Magnier.  That mare was co-owned with a South African stable.

Tosen Jordan, winner of the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) in stakes record time, was reported to have a similar goal as So You Think, according to Japanese racing blogger and photographer Kate Hunter.  Tosen Jordan tied a Japanese national record for the fastest 2,000 metres on turf with that win, and finished second behind Buena Vista in the 2011 Japan Cup (G1).


  1. I’m ecstatic about reading this!!!!!!!!! Turf horses have fared soooooooo well in the Dubai World Cup since it moved from dirt at Nad Al Sheba to tapeta at Meydan. So You Think didn’t show quite the same acceleration on conventional dirt that he has on turf in the BC Classic. But he was by no means disgraced either. Every since I saw So You Think run in the BC Classic, I’ve been saying that I thought Aidan O’Brien should take him to Dubai, because 10f on a synthetic surface will suite him down to the ground!! JMO.

  2. The Dubai World Cup will be a race tailor made for So You Think, IMO. He’s got a powerful cruising speed, which is ideal for the race. Just look at the first 2 running’s of the Dubai World Cup at Meydan. Gloria De Campeao wins it using a high cruising speed from the front end in 2010, and in 2011, Mirco Demuro immediately recognizes that the race lacks any kind of pace, and he takes Victoire Pisa straight to the front, and wins the Dubai World Cup entirely on the front end. So You Think has one of the highest cruising speed’s of any horse in racing. A tremendous ability to be right on the lead, and still win a majority of his races. He’ll be hard to beat in this race, IMO

  3. IMO, if both are in tip top shape, at the very top of their game, I could this year’s Dubai World Cup turning into a real duel between So You Think and Bold Silvano. I picked Bold Silvano to win the race a year ago until he got injured after winning the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2. So I’m happy for him that Mike De Kock brought him back to Dubai to finally get a shot that he missed in 2011. I think the race is shaping up to potentially be the deepest field of any DWC yet at Meydan. If you factor in the announcement of So You Think’s participation with the American horses, Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, and BC Ladies Classic winner, Royal Delta. Mike De Kock’s 2 talented horses, Bold Silvano and Master of Hounds. The contingent with I’m sure Transcend, Tosen Jordan, and I’ve also heard Espoir City’s name mentioned. And don’t forget about the other European horses like Planteur, Monterosso, and Green Destiny!!

  4. As soon as the official announcement came down today bout So You Think being entered in the Dubai World Cup, Coral Bookmaking in Great Britain immediately made So You Think the 7-2 favorite for the race on their ante-post line.

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