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Think Twice - Back to Back in the Cox

Twelve months ago, little known 3 year old So You Think ran away with a surprise victory in the 2009 Cox Plate after gaining a sizeable lead in the straight and holding off his more fancied rivals. On Saturday, the Bart Cummings-trained colt again shot away in the straight at Moonee Valley, holding off strong finishes from Zipping and Whobegotyou. He did it again, but this time it was no surprise.

So You Think was a hot $1.50 favourite to take out the nations top weight for age event, and he didn't disappoint, with the packed crowd at the Valley cheering madly for racing's newest superstar as he powered past the post.

"I'm over the moon, but it's a bit of a relief to get him over the line," jockey Steven Arnold said, after dealing with the pressure of riding the shortest priced Cox Plate favourite in recent times.

The much anticipated matchup with hot Sydney mare More Joyous lived up to expectations with the Gai Waterhouse trained second favourite setting a good early pace, and giving So You Think a real challenge most of the way.

So You Think started making his move at the 600 metre mark, and around the turn led by a length, pulling away from a tiring More Joyous in the straight. Zipping and Whobegotyou both flashed home and looked like dangers in the final stages, but the defending champ held them off to win by one and a quarter lengths.

Shoot Out grinded away right to the finish and was an admirable fourth. He looks like the perfect Melbourne Cups horse.

But the day belonged to So You Think, who won a second Cox Plate in only his 10th start, and joins the likes of Phar Lap, Kingston Town, Sunline and Northerly as a duel winner of the race.

One of the biggest cheers of the afternoon was reserved for the legendary trainer Bart Cummings. As he made his way down the path to the winners circle, fans went wild with applause, yelling out congratulations to the racing icon.

Having spent his recent weeks recovering from an injury, he was noticeably excited with the victory. "He did a good job, didn't he?" a humble Cummings said.

"It takes a special horse to win a Cox Plate, it takes a great horse to win two."

Where So You Think sits on Barts' list of all time horses is unknown, especially considering the stallions age, but it's fair to say he's right up there.

"I'm not going to say he is the best I've trained," Cumming said. "That's being disrespectful to the good horses I've had before like Galilee, Let's Elope, Saintly, but he is getting up there now."

The win takes So You Think's prize money to over $4.8 million which is an amazing feat for a horse so young. It also gave Bart his 263rd Group 1 win and his fifth Cox Plate.

Kingston Town won the race a herculian three times in his career, a record that is now definitely in jeopardy while So You Think is still running around.

Can he do it? We think so!





1st So You Think Steven King It is every jockey's dream to win this race and to do so on a horse like So You Think is something I will cherish the rest of my life.
2nd Zipping Nicholas Hall He's a legend in his own right, he never runs a bad race. It's unfortunate we ran into the next Phar Lap.
3rd Whobegotyou Michael Rodd When he got out he really ran at them...we ran third in a very good Cox Plate.
4th Shoot Out Corey Brown He keeps grinding away to the line...the winner was way too good. He ran more like a Cups horse.
5th More Joyous Nash Rawiller Basically I looked up and thought geez we're in trouble here...I thought she was very credible to run the way she did.
6th Avienus Craig Williams She didn't disappoint at all...taking on those superstars, she went great. Very gallant against those opposition.
7th Wall Street Michael Coleman Ended up three back the fence...he struggled to really quicken.
8th Captain Sonador Glen Boss As soon as he got to the home bend on the wrong leg he lost a lot of ground and didn't track very good from there.
9th Trusting Jim Cassidy He turned up a different horse again today...he was always playing up.
10th Luen Yat Forever Dwayne Dunn We had a great run in transit...probably lacked stamina to run the 2000.