So You Think: will shuttle to Coolmore's Irish base in 2013PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Star quartet set for Coolmore roster in 2013
COOLMORE will welcome four new stallions to their European roster next season after it was revealed on Monday that Excelebration, So You Think and Henrythenavigator will join Power as recruits to their Irish arm.
Ten-time Group 1 winner So You Think will shuttle from Coolmore's Australian base while Henrythenavigator is set to stand his first season in Europe following four years at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. Excelebration will retire following intended starts in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Breeders' Cup Mile.
Excelebration: will stand at Coolmore next yearPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
As announced on Friday, Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Power has been retired to stand at Coolmore after failing to recover in time for an autumn campaign from an injury sustained in the St. James's Palace Stakes.
"So You Think, Excelebration, Power and Henrythenavigator are all multiple Group 1 winners and Henrythenavigator has already proven himself capable of siring Group 1 winners," said Coolmore's Eddie Fitzpatrick. "They're all exciting prospects with very bright futures."
So You Think was a brilliant performer in both hemispheres. Winner of his only start as a two-year-old, the New Zealand-bred was crowned the champion Australian three-year-old of 2009/10 thanks to a two-and-a-half length win over older horses in the Cox Plate. He returned even more dominant at four when he recorded wide-margin victories in four Group 1 races including a second renewal of the Cox Plate.
Coolmore purchased a majority interest in So You Think in November 2010 and transferred him to Aidan O'Brien. He made an immediate impact in Europe by running away with the Mooresbridge Stakes and Tattersalls Gold Cup, and later added the Eclipse Stakes, in which he defeated Workforce, Irish Champion Stakes, Prince Of Wales's Stakes and a second Tattersalls Gold Cup to his resume.
The best son sired by Coolmore resident High Chaparral, So You Think is currently standing his first season at Coolmore's Australian base for A$66,000 (£42,043/€51,946).
Excelebration enjoyed one of his finest moments last season when successful for Marco Botti in the Prix du Moulin, which followed wide-margin wins in the German 2,000 Guineas and Hungerford Stakes.
The son of Exceed And Excel has been just as consistent for Aidan O'Brien this season, winning the Prix Jacques les Marois from Cityscape and Moonlight Cloud on his most recent start and running second to Frankel in the Lockinge and Queen Anne Stakes.
Classic winner Henrythenavigator offers European breeders a proven stud record, having produced the Phoenix Stakes winner Pedro The Great and Prix Morny runner-up George Vancouver out of a group of 26 first-crop runners in Europe.
Other notable runners by the son of Kingmambo include the Coventry Stakes runner-up Cristoforo Colombo and the Group 3-placed Afonso De Sousa. Consequently, he lies in second by progeny earnings on the leading European sires' list.
Henrythenavigator was trained by Aidan O'Brien to win four consecutive Group 1 races, including the Newmarket and Irish 2,000 Guineas. He also broke the track record twice at Royal Ascot, when successful in the Coventry and St. James's Palace Stakes.
Fees for the quartet will be set at a later date.