NZ bred champion So You Think has run his last race. He will return to Australia to stand for a $66,000 fee at Coolmore this spring.
The six year-old stallion was found to be lame in his stable on Thursday morning. He was scheduled to make a farewell appearance in the G1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown this weekend.
So You Think (6h High Chaparral – Triassic by Tights) was last seen winning the G1 Prince Of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20. In all, he won 10 Group 1 events – five with Bart Cummings including the 2009 and 2010 Cox Plates – and five with Aidan O’Brien.
The list of quality producers set to be covered in his first book at Coolmore includes the dams of G1 winners Yosei, Maldivian, Shocking, Southern Speed, Eremein, Irish Lights and Gold Edition as well as the likes of No Evidence Needed, Steps In Time, Military Rose, Galileo’s Galaxy, Heidilicious, Face Value and Awesome Planet.
Part-owner Dato Tan Chin Nam will support him with G1 winning pair Faint Perfume and Dariana. Other high-class racemares booked in include Danni Martine, Nova Star, Merlene, Florentina, Eskimo Queen, Magical Miss, Bird Of Fire and Zagalia.
“We have tremendous faith in him as he has everything we look for in a sire,” Coolmore’s Tom Magnier said. “He was just a brilliant racehorse and a magnificent specimen, but most importantly for many breeders he’s going to serve as a wonderful outcross to the Danehill line.”
SO YOU THINK
Aidan O’Brien farewells the NZ bred champion from Ballydoyle