06/20/2012 12:38PM

Royal Ascot: So You Think defeats Carlton House in Prince of Wales’s


The 10th Group 1 stakes win by So You Think in Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot was part of a family day for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

His son Joseph won his first career race at Royal Ascot aboard So You Think, who won by 2 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite, defeating Carlton House, owned by the Queen of England.

Earlier on the six-race program, Aidan O’Brien won the Group 3 Jersey Stakes with the 20-1 shot Ishvana, owned by his wife, Ann Marie.

So You Think, a Group 1 stakes winner in Australia and Ireland earlier in his career, won for the first time at Ascot, having finished second in the 2011 Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Champion Stakes.

Wednesday, So You Think was well-placed throughout the 1 1/4 miles.

Joseph O’Brien had So You Think in third for the first mile, tracking pacesetter (and stablemate) Robin Hood and the American invader Big Blue Kitten.

With a quarter-mile remaining, So You Think took the lead, and drew off in the final furlong over 7-2 Carlton House. Farhh, owned by Godolpin Racing, finished third, overcoming a touch of trouble in the stretch.

Big Blue Kitten, owned by Americans Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, faded through the stretch to finish 10th in the field of 11.

So You Think, a 6-year-old New Zealand-bred horse owned by a partnership, could make his next start in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park outside of London on July 7.

Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
14 Gearing up for weekend asault on Black Caviar: Black Caviar Draws Outside in Golden Jubilee Australian superstar Black Caviar has drawn the outside post position in a 15-horse field for Saturday's Group I Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6f) at Royal Ascot. Black Caviar will make her first overseas appearance in Saturday's event. The mare will start closest to the grandstand side of the Ascot straight course. UK bookies have posted the daughter of Bel Esprit as a 1/3 favourite to notch her 22nd straight win, solidifying her place in the Pantheon of Greats, in the feature sprint. Scone trainer Paul Messara has decided against backing up Australian dual Group I winner Ortensia in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes after her disappointing effort on Royal Ascot opening day in Tuesday's Group I King's Stand Stakes (5f). Godolphin has accepted to run Australian Group II winner Soul in the race with Frankie Dettori to ride from barrier eight. Black Caviar's main opposition, the (Freddie Head) French-trained second favourite Moonlight Cloud will jump from post posiition five. Local bookies have the Freddie Head-trained mare as a $7 chance ahead of Society Rock at $12. Society Rock has drawn post position 13. Below is the full field for the Group I Diamond Jubilee Stakes. PP Runner Jockey UK price 1 Sirius Prospect Shane Kelly 50-1 2 Genki George Baker 50-1 3 Hitchens F M Berry 50-1 4 Krypton Factor Kieren Fallon 25-1 5 Moonlight Cloud Thierry Janet 7-1 6 The Cheka Tom Queally 33-1 7 Es Que Love Silvestre De Sousa 100-1 8 Soul Frankie Dettori 66-1 9 Jimmy Styles Richard Hughes 100-1 10 Pastoral Player Darryll Holland 33-1 11 Restiadargent Maxime Guyon 66-1 12 Bogart Phillip Makin 66-1 13 Society Rock Johnny Murtagh 12-1 14 Royal Rock Ted Durcan 50-1 15 Black Caviar Luke Nolen 1/3 Stay tuned!!!
Jordan More than 1 year ago
I would like to know the Euro opinion, but from an American perspective it seems like the last 15 years has been a golden era of thoroughbred racing in Europe. Almost every year there are 2 or 3 truly all-time greats gracing the Euro scene. In just 2 days at Ascot, fans there got to see Frankel, undoubtedly one of the great milers ever, and a true international star in So You Think, who won a 10th group 1 race. 10 group 1s!
Ryan Jones More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't call so you think an "all-time great" nor would I call him a euro. He is an Aussie or new Zealand horse, I'm fairly certain. Only got put in Aiden's barn last year if my memory is correct. I also believe you're reaching with Frankel. At least he's a euro horse but an all-time great? He keeps beating excelebration and not much else. Show us more to be in great status.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wee bit harsh do you not think, beating the same opponents. Secretariat did a lot of that and if you put secretariat up there then Frankel must be a super star. America is in trouble because it is and has sent droids to the breeding barns knowing that their offspring will get the same synthetics in their veins and since cleaning their act up it has all backfired. The Americans NEED to get fresh bloodstock in fast to save the racing game. I mean they are so desperate they are changing race charts from 1973 because they do not have any bragging rights.
April Smith More than 1 year ago
No one changed Secretariat's Preakness time.It was verified.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frankel ran his fastest one-furlong section between the three-furlong and the two-furlong marker. He covered that furlong stretch in 10.58 sec, recording a top speed of 42.53mph on good to soft ground. Three consecutive furlongs at around 40mph mid-race meant he burned his rivals off with a display of pace they could not live with.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
"So You Think could make his next start in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park July 7" If I'm not mistaken, Frankel is heading to that race also. Here's a quote from Frankel's trainer Sir Henry Cecil: "It looks like he'll stay a mile and a quarter, he's in the Eclipse, Sussex Stakes and Juddmonte, we'll feel our way and he'll tell me what to do." Stay tuned!!!
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
The Eclipse or Coral-Eclipse Stakes is on July 7; the Sussex Stakes is on August 1; and the Juddmonte International on August 22. All three races are at 1 1/4.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
My bad: Sussex is a 1 mile race.
nancyb More than 1 year ago
Be kind. He was in over his head.
Mine thatbird More than 1 year ago
Not surprised to see an US horse fade in the stretch.
Ryan Jones More than 1 year ago
That's what happens when you send an allowance horse to face grade/group I types on their home turf. You finish 10th of 11.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any graded stakes winner running clean in England would find it tough to win at listed level let alone group 3.
Linda Reppert More than 1 year ago
A bit severe ol' boy i would say. All horses cannot be Frankel's. Nor can all mares be Black Caviars. Two wonderful, gifted and talented specimens. I say Hooray to England and Australia and Ireland. I only hope that speed alone will cease to be the only reason a horse is bred to another. The Ramsey's are devoted to the sport and i admire and appreciate their stamina. I love all their kitten's.