Dual Cox Plate winner So You Think will return to Australia in August to start stud duties after one more summer campaign in England.

Top Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has shipped So You Think back to Ireland to prepare him for the summer at Royal Ascot before he begins his stud life at Coolmore in Australia.

So You Think

Cox Plate champion So You Think will stand at stud in Australia - photo (c) Taron Clarke

Coolmore wrote on Twitter: “New stallions to consider when buying a mare next week – So You Think will join the roster in Sept after racing, Musir, Zoffany & Uncle Mo.”

The High Chapparral stallion pulled up sore after finishing fourth to Monterosso in the Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup (2000m) at Meydan on March 31 after having won three Group Ones for O’Brien last season, including the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

So You Think is likely to kick off his summer campaign at the Curragh and try to defend his title in the Group 1 Tattersalls’s Gold Cup over 2112m in May before travelling over to Royal Ascot.

The world’s highest rated racehorse Frankel has suffered a minor setback in his preparation for his return to the race track.

Trainer Sir Henry Cecil said that Frankel suffered a superficial injury when he bumped himself during a gallop at Newmarket and an exhibition gallop planned for Newbury at the weekend might have to cancelled.

“He is such an extravagant mover that he hit himself,” Cecil said.

“At this stage, the injury looks superficial but he will be kept monitored over the next few days.”

The unbeaten four year old who is owned by Khalid Abdullah was due to resume in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 19 and racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said that Frankel’s injury would be treated over the coming days.

“With a horse like this everything is a concern but at the moment it looks superficial,” Grimthorpe said.

“He’ll be monitored and continually checked and we’ll see how he goes over the next couple of days.”

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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