First foal by So You Think (NZ)

The first foal by So You Think (NZ) has been born at Bell View Park near Nowra in NSW.

The colt’s dam Soft Landing (Al Maher) is a half-sister to the Scenic G1 winners Universal Prince and Universal Queen.  He was foaled prematurely on Thursday morning according to a tweet posted on the Coolmore Stud website.

Australian Stud Book records show Soft Landing was covered at the start of the breeding season on September 1 last year.  That means he will still be deemed a weanling along with the other foals from the 168 mares So You Think covered here last year.

Under old ASB rules (that were changed a few years ago), he would have been a yearling next Thursday!

So You Think (High Chaparral) was trained by Bart Cummings to win two Cox Plates before owner Dato Tan Chin Nam sold a majority share to Coolmore.  Transferred to Ireland, he bowed out of racing with a G1 victory in the 2012 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He shuttled to Coolmore Stud’s Irish headquarters earlier this year for another large book which was interrupted by a hock injury in March.

So You Think will return to the Hunter Valley next month and his 2013 southern fee has been set at $66,000 (inc gst).

– Karl Patterson