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Wigmore Hall, Twice Over long odds in Champion Stakes

Winner of the 2011 Jebel Hatta (G2) at Meydan, Wigmore Hall followed that with a strong third in the Dubai Duty Free (G1) and got back to the winner’s enclosure with a solid score in the Northern Dancer (G1) at Woodbine.  Now, back on home soil, he is considered one of the longer chances in the Qipco Champion Stakes (G1) for trainer Michael Bell.  Drawn in post four, he faces a tough string of competition which includes Twice Over, seen as high as 12-1 a day before the race.  Winner of the 2011 Maktoum Challenge – R3 (G2), Twice Over was drawn in post eight for the ten-furlong event.  Opinion Poll, thrice placed at the 2011 Dubai World Cup Carnival, is favoured in the Qipco Long Distance Cup (G3) over two miles, and could be a final prep in advance of the Melbourne Cup.

Of course, many eyes will be on the eight strong in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) featuring the undefeated Frankel.  Godolphin’s Poet’s Voice holds an entry but is offered at 40-1.

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  1. No excuses for So You Think in Saturday’s G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot. But I still think he ran a fantastic race off of such a quick turn around from his 4th place finish in the Arc over 1-1/2. So You Think got beaten by a horse in Cirrus Des Aigles that’s gotten better and better with every race he’s run in France this season. There’s not doubt at all that 2011 has been, by far, the best season of Cirrus Des Aigles career. A lot of people have made comments saying that So You Think is over-hyped. Perhaps? But I don’t think he’s overrated. A lot people said he’d never be able to win at G1 level once he came to Europe from Australia. Yet he beat Campanologist by a street in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland. The same Campanologist that’s won back to back G1 stakes in Germany and Italy. He beat Epsom Derby and Arc winner, Workforce, in the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. He beat Snow Fairy, arguably one of the best race-mares in the game, in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes. He came from almost dead last to get up for 4th place in the Arc in his first ever attempt at 12f. And he’s been beaten by less than half a length by Rewilding and Cirrus Des Aigles at Ascot in the G1 Prince of Wales Stakes and the G1 Champion Stakes. Over-hyped in the sense that Coolmore thought he couldn’t be beaten at 10f? Probably. But overrated in that his resume’ for his first season in Europe still stand’s up as among the very best turf horses on the continent in 2011? Absolutely not!! I’m hopeful that just because he was beaten a half-length by Cirrus Des Aigles in the Champion Stakes that it doesn’t put Coolmore off from still sending him to Churchill Downs next month for the G1 BC Classic at 10f. He’ll have roughly 3 weeks to recover from his Champion Stakes run, and frankly, So You Think will still be a street better than anything the American’s can throw at him in the BC Classic. Even switching from turf to conventional dirt. TJMO.

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