So You Think out of Eclipse

The curtain appears set to be drawn on So You Think’s illustrious career after he was found lame on the eve of his expected swansong

The career of champion export So You Think appears to have ended on a disappointing note, with the dual Cox Plate winner withdrawn from his expected swansong in the UK this Saturday night (AET) due to a setback.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien advised the public via Twitter that the 10-time Group 1 winner had been found lame in his stable on Thursday morning (BST) and thus would miss the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes (2000m) – a race he won 12 months ago.

The Eclipse was earmarked as So You Think’s final racetrack appearance before returning to Australia to commence a lucrative stud career at owner Coolmore’s New South Wales base.

Whilst connections are yet to publicly declare that the horse is retired, it would appear the most likely scenario with a big book of mares awaiting his arrival in the Hunter Valley for the breeding season which starts on 1 August.

If the curtain is officially drawn, then So You Think will have ended his career with Group 1 victories at his final two appearances being the Tattersall’s Cup at the Curragh (Ireland) in May and in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot (UK) in June.

He has captured five Group 1 races in each hemisphere amassing a total of 14 wins and five minor placings from 23 starts that have yielded over $A7.6 million in earnings.

He’s raced in Australia, UK, Ireland, Dubai and the USA in a career that commenced and prospered under the tutelage of the Cups King Bart Cummings before his export to Ireland at the end of 2010.

In So You Think’s absence a field of 10 will contest the Eclipse Stakes which still garners plenty of interest for Australian punters with several Sportingbet Cox Plate possible contenders engaged.

Former Italian star Crackerjack King makes his debut for his new Australian owners and is a definite for the Cox Plate, whilst Cityscape and Monterosso – two of the 10 high profile internationals invited to contest this year’s race – are also engaged.

Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso is one of two Godolphin runners with the untapped Farhh, a late entry for the race after his eye-catching third in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, assuming favouritism in So You Think’s absence.

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