Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Special Cummings Chapter Looms; Cup Win Would Elevate So You Think to Greatness

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Special Cummings Chapter Looms; Cup Win Would Elevate So You Think to Greatness

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THE Bart Cummings-trained So You Think lines up in the Melbourne Cup today aiming to stamp himself as the best Australian horse since Kingston Town.

There have been a number of very good Australian racehorses over the past decade or so, including Might 'n Power, Sunline, Northerly and Makybe Diva.

However, So You Think is already being rated in some quarters as the best galloper since Kingston Town in the early 1980s.

A win for So You Think today would give trainer Cummings an incredible 13 wins in the race that stops a nation.

Cummings is well known to Ipswich after he won the Ipswich Cup in 1978 with Lloyd Boy.

The Tom Smith-trained Kingston Town was unable to win a Melbourne Cup, though ran a superb second to the Mick Dittman-ridden Gurner's Lane back in 1982.

Kingston Town did, however, win a Sydney Cup as a three-year-old over 3200 metres to add to his three Cox Plate wins and numerous other group wins over all distances.

So You Think has impressively won all five starts this spring and in the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday made the remainder of the field look second rate in another outstanding performance.

The only question left after drawing barrier three is whether the four-year-old can run out a strong 3200 metres.

Whether the track is wet or dry, it seems not to matter to So You Think but 2000 metres is the furthest he has run in his short career.

The advantage that So You Think has over Kingston Town and many other past galloping greats is that he is an entire and his post racing stud value is already enormous.

International visitors

THE Melbourne Cup today has a large number of international contestants as visiting horses try to do what few have.

Only Irish visitors Vintage Crop in 1993 and Media Puzzle in 2002, along with the Japanese visitor Delta Blues in 2006, have won the Melbourne Cup when visiting for the big race from the Northern Hemisphere.

Despite only winning three Melbourne Cups, international horses have run second over the past four years.

These have been Pop Rock, Purple Moon, Bauer and Crime Scene. Bauer, who was narrowly defeated by Bart Cummings' last winner Viewed in 2008, is again in the field this year and has drawn well in barrier two. …

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