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Arnold to ride So You Think in the Liston Stakes

Steven Arnold will ride Cox Plate winner So You Think in his scheduled comeback against Shoot Out in the 2010 Liston Stakes.

However, trainer Bart Cummings has put a proviso on the four-year-old’s return that the Caulfield track not be too rain-affected on Saturday.

So You Think hasn’t raced since his second to All American in the Emirates Stakes in November last year.

Cummings was not happy with the colt in the autumn and aborted his campaign before it began, robbing the Sydney carnival of a clash with Queenslander Shoot Out who took out the Randwick Guineas and AJC Australian Derby.

“Steven Arnold will ride him on Saturday and we’ll see what happens after that,” Cummings said.

“He’s done very well this time, he’s had two jump outs at Flemington and come through well.”

Michael Rodd was offered the Liston ride but his commitments to the Mark Kavanagh stable forced him to knock it back.

Blake Shinn was aboard So You Think in his two jump outs but will be riding in Sydney on Saturday.

So You Think’s dual Group One winning stablemate, 2010 Melbourne Cup favourite Faint Perfume, could run also run at Caulfield but is likely to be saved for Moonee Valley a week later.

“She might start on Saturday but will probably wait for Moonee Valley,” Cummings said.

“There’s a couple of races there that could suit.”

Shoot Out created a huge impression with his winning return over 1200 metres in the Bletchingly Stakes on July 31.

Stathi Katsidis drove him forward and the classy gelding prevailed over a field of hardy sprinters.

The Queensland based Katsidis, who won the national jockeys’ premiership for 2009-10, is looking forward to returning to Melbourne this weekend.

“He handled the left handed way racing really well,” Katsidis said.

“he’s a big horse and does pull but not as badly as he used to.

“He hung out up here but he gets in down there going the other way.

“He was fantastic before the Bletchingly, you could tell he was loving it.

“I just don’t want the track to be too hard for him, he likes the jar out of it.”

So You Think and Shoot Out are the equal early 2010 Cox Plate favourites at $12 with TAB Sportsbet ahead of Faint Perfume who is a $16 chance.

Article by Caryl Williamson Aapracing

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