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).