So You Think cruises home at the Curragh

So You Think (NZ) brushed aside his rivals to win the G3 High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes by 10 lengths at the Curragh on Monday.

Sent off a long odds-on favourite, So You Think was resuming over 2000 metres after a 181 day spell.  He was last seen finishing third to Americain in the Melbourne Cup.

The powerfully built New Zealand bred stallion travelled strongly in third behind pacemaker Windsor Palace before cruising into the lead on the bridle and stretching clear in the final furlong.

So You Think (5h High Chaparral – Triassic by Tights) will face tougher tests as the season progresses but he could hardly have been more impressive first-up for Coolmore.

“He went through the line like he was going to the start,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said.  “He came to Ireland with the most unbelievable reputation and is a real product of Australian breeding, training and racing.

“We’ve had some good horses from Australia, Starspangledbanner and Haradasun, but when this fellow walked through the door, we’ve never experienced anything like it.  He’s an incredible specimen and we feel privileged to have him.”

O’Brien suggested the son of High Chaparral will race next against 2010 English Derby and Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on May 22.

So You Think was bred at Windsor Park and was a $110,000 buy at the 2008 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale.  He was bred by Windsor Park’s Mike Moran and his wife Helen in partnership with Piper Farm’s Cecile and Alex Smith.

After winning two Cox Plates, owner Dato Tan Chin Nam sold a controlling interest in So You Think to Coolmore in a deal that valued the horse at more than $60 million.