So You Think lost out to Rewilding in a desperate finish to last year’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot but he can right the record this time around.
The ex-Australian superstar was sent off the 4-11 favourite for the ten-furlong feature in 2011 but after Ryan Moore kicked for home early, Frankie Dettori rode a peach of a race to get Rewilding up in the shadow of the post.
Aidan O’Brien blamed himself for So You Think’s eclipse and subsequently campaigned the hardened import in a more aggressive manner, yielding wins in the Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes.
Admittedly, So You Think was a touch disappointing when only fourth in the Arc but he bounced back with a fine second in the Champion Stakes before looking all at sea on the dirt surface at the Breeders’ Cup. So You Think took plenty of racing in Australia and as a big, gross horse he probably takes a lot of exercise to reach his peak.
O’Brien will have been leaving no stone unturned in his preparation this time and while So You Think offers little value, he appeals as a proven class act.
Joviality did not seem to fully handle the camber at Epsom on her reappearance but back on a more conventional track, she is the choice in the Windsor Forest Stakes.
John Gosden’s filly won the Musidora over ten furlongs last season but that was on the very edge of her stamina limitations and she has largely concentrated her efforts on shorter trips since.
Given a long break after disappointing at Deauville last August, Joviality returned with a second-placed effort behind the reopposing Clinical at Epsom. Joviality is taken to turnaround that three-quarter-length verdict though on a track which should suit and a stiff mile that will certainly play to her strengths.
Away from Ascot, I’m Super Too can make his presence felt in Hamilton’s McGhee’s Teaz Handicap.