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2011 Irish Champion Stakes (G1)

Date/Track:
9/3/2011, Leopardstown-IRE
Post Time:
6:45 PM ET
Distance:
1 1/4 m (Turf)
Age/Sex:
3+ M
Time:
2:04.20
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Older Comments about the 2011 Irish Champion Stakes (G1)...

Both So You Think and Snow Fairy ran a magnificent race at Leopardstown on Saturday in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes!! I had a hunch going into this race that Snow Fairy would be at peak level, this being her third start of the season, and indeed she was!! To my mind, Snow Fairy ran just as well in this race as she did against the boys when she won the G1 Hong Kong Cup back in December!! She just didn't have to face So You Think at Sha Tin, though!! Coolmore is a very business minded operation, backed up by a lot of $$$. You can believe that they're going to be looking for maximum stud value out of So You Think. For that reason, I believe Coolmore will skip sending So You Think back to Australia for the Cox Plate or the Melbourne Cup again. I think many in the Coolmore camp feel like he's already proven all that he needs to prove in the southern hemisphere. My hunch is that they'll send So You Think to either the G1 Champion Stakes or the G1 Prix De l' Arc De Triomphe in October, and to the Breeders Cup in November. Personally, I see no reason why Coolmore shouldn't send So You Think to the Arc? He's raced at 2 miles in last year's Melbourne Cup, and finished 3rd, beaten only 3 lengths. I saw nothing in those 2 miles at Flemington that would lead me to believe that he couldn't get 1-1/2 at Longchamp? And frankly, how many middle distance horses in Europe can you honestly say are better horses than So You Think? He get's an automatic "win and your in" berth for the Breeders Cup Turf for this win today. But I truly hope that Coolmore call an audible, and send him to the Classic instead of the Turf. Like Giant's Causeway, circa 2000!! TJMO.
  • RamonDimas · great race · 1203 days ago
  • footlick · Brilliant run by Snow Fairy against a brilliant horse. Frankie is really getting these fillies to run bang up races. · 1203 days ago
i think so you think can win

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