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Message: Looking back, it's a pity that So You Think was injured early this year, forcing him to miss his autumn three year old season. If last years, and this years spring is anything to go by, then one would have to say that he'd have had this years autumn WFA races at his mercy. Given that Zipping, who won this year's Australian Cup, and So You Think have raced against each other on three occasions and Zipping has never finished in front of him, you'd have to concede that a fit and healthy So You Think would once again have been far too brilliant for Zipping had he started in this years race.
I say it's a pity for two reasons, the first, obviously being that So You Think was deprived of adding three more Gr1s, the Orr, the Futurity and the Australian Cup to his remarkable record, they were definitely his for the taking, and the second reason is that he missed out on a very rare racing achievement. Had So You Think started in and won the Australian Cup, it would have given him the 'big four' Gr1 2000m WFA races (Australian Cup, Turnbull Stakes, Cox Plate & Mackinnon Stakes) all in the same calendar year. Dulcify stands alone as the only horse to have won the 'big four' in the same year, 1979, so it would have put So You Think in elite company had he been able to emulate Duclify's unique achievement.
It is generally considered that the Cox Plate winner is that particular years best WFA galloper, but no galloper so comprehensively dominated the autumn and spring carnivals in a single year as Dulcify did in 1979. The Cox Plate that year told us nothing we didn't already know, it just gave us a seven length confirmation.
Better Loosen Up went close to joining Dulcify in 1990 when finishing second to Vo Rogue in the Australian Cup, he had the others and Makybe Diva didn't start in the 2005 Mackinnon, she also had the others.
When we talk of the best 2000m WFA Gallopers of modern times, So You Think has certainly put himself in the mix, but for mine, 1979 goes a long way towards putting Dulcify's name at the top of the list.
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