So You Think was retired due to a pulled muscle in his hindquarters. Trainer Aidan O’Brien found the horse lame after morning exercises at Ballydoyle. The 6-year-old Australian star was set to run his final race at the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park but will instead earn a stud fee of £43,792 at Coolmore Australia.
“It’s a big disappointment that he’ll miss the Eclipse, but he’s had a wonderful racing career and now it’s time for him to shine at stud,” said Coolmore Australia’s Tom Magnier. “His book reads like a who’s who of all the best mares and breeders so he’ll get the best possible start.”
So You Think was purchased as a yearling for £55,048. He earned a total of £5.53 million after winning 10 Group One races including consecutive Group One victories in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh and the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He retires as one of the most dominant middle distance gallopers who won 10 of his 18 Group One races. So You Think’s overall record included 23 starts with 14 wins, four seconds and one third place. He raced in six countries and won in three. The 10 Group One wins have placed So You Think among Australia’s all-time list of major race winners behind Kingston Town (14), Sunline and Tie The Knot (13), and Black Caviar (12).
Despite So You Think’s accomplishments, a few betting tipsters in Europe questioned the horse’s record on the continent. However, that may have been due to excess betting expectations for a race horse that had to compete on different surfaces and varying locales.
A son of High Chaparral, So You Think was trained by Bart Cummings and Aidan O'Brien. "So You Think is an extraordinary horse and it was a real privilege to have had him here at Ballydoyle on loan from Australia," said O’Brien in a statement posted on Coolmore’s website.
After So You Think’s win at Royal Ascot in June 2012, O’Brien admitted to the media: "I was probably working him too often, too long and too hard. I was killing him by making him grind but even so he was still very competitive. I am sorry that I took so long to get him to show. It's only because he is such a great horse otherwise I would have made a right muck of him."
So You Think ran 11 times in the final 13 months of his career, and will begin stallion duties in September.