So You Think Scores Cox Plate Back to Back

Australian trainer Bart Cummings, the 'Cups King', had cause for celebration scoring back to back victories with his charge So You Think, putting on an impressive performance in the in the Group One Tatts WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Moonee Valley Racecourse

Moonee Valley Racecourse

Under the guidance of jockey Steven Arnold, the son of High Chaparral gave his backers no cause for concern during the race, after being sent off for the event as the shortest priced favourite for in 40 years.

The Gai Waterhouse trained More Joyous set the pace early, before being headed by So You Think three furlongs out. Quickening one and a half furlongs out, he went clear of the field, running on well to deny runner up Zipping by a length and a quarter, with Whobegotyou in third place a further head behind.

The four year old joined other multiple winners of Australasia's premier weight-for-age race such as triple victor Kingston Town, Phar Lap, Tobin Bronze, Sunline and Northerly.

Cummings is now mulling over the possibility of moving his charge up in distance to six furlongs for a shot at the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday week.

"That was all right, he was never in any trouble," said Cummings. "He's up there now in the top four or five but he hasn't won a Melbourne Cup yet. That looks like where we'll go now. We'll think about the Mackinnon if I think he needs to run. He's pretty good, isn't he?"

Jockey Steven Arnold was delighted and relieved after scoring the best victory of his career so far.

"He was such a hot favourite," said the winning jockey. "I just wanted to let him show his best and not make any errors.

"It's an unbelievable thrill. I was very calm, wasn't nervous at all but knew there was a lot of expectation on him - he's just a great horse."

"He got very stirred up today with the crowd," said Arnold. "He's probably got to relax a little bit better again but never say never with this horse I don't think."

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