Ultra consistent So You Think a fine each-way Breeders Cup bet
So You Think may be heavily raced in recent weeks and there may be doubts about his switch to dirt, but Europe’s sole representative in the Breeders Cup Classic should be written off at your peril.
European-trained horses hoping to land the monster pot of the Breeders Cup Classic have returned home largely disappointed since the turn of the century, with John Gosden’s Raven’s Pass the only success story in 2008.
Any hopes of a European runner improving this record lie with So You Think, who certainly represents each-way value in the Breeders Cup betting at 6/1.
The big question mark over So You Think is the same that is discussed about all European runners entering the Breeders Cup Classic and relates to how well he will deal with the switch from grass to turf.
Another Aidan O’Brien runner George Washington failed to make the transition and even had to be put down after breaking a leg in the 2007 running of the race as he struggled with the underfoot conditions.
Although this is hugely unlikely to happen to So You Think, his pedigree does suggest that a switch to dirt would not be ideal.
Meanwhile, the fact that he has already competed in two tough Group One races in the last month may have also taken their toll, finishing fourth in the Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp and then second in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.
However, he is ultra consistent, which adds to his each-way appeal, while being a five-year-old is important as no horse aged over five has ever won the Breeders Cup Classic.
If So You Think can race handily rather than towards the rear of the field in the Breeders Cup Classic this could prove another big plus, as kickback could be a major hindrance to his chances.