Champion racehorse So You Think "has run his last race in Australia after being sold to international breeding giant Coolmore Stud to race in Europe next year," reported The Daily Telegraph.

So You Think's trainer Bart Cummings last night "admitted he was heartbroken after being kept in the dark about the secret deal", while the newspaper began its coverage with the declaration: "It will go down as the Great Turf Robbery of Australian sport!" Under the agreement, "which values So You Think at between $30 million & $40 million, So You Think will be transferred to Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien after owner Dato Tan Chin Nam agreed to sell a controlling interest in the equine superstar".

Dato Tan's racing & bloodstock manager Duncan Ramage confirmed a partial sale in So You Think to Coolmore Stud "had been negotiated, but refused to reveal details of the transaction”. Ramage said Dato Tan has been a successful businessman "because he was willing to make tough decisions". Although he understood "Bart's anguish at losing potentially the greatest racehorse he has trained, there was the challenge of taking So You Think overseas to conquer the world".

Ramage added: "The sale of So You Think has not been taken lightly. Dato Tan has been very loyal to Bart over the years. They have been a great team and will continue to be a great team. Dato Tan saved Bart from insolvency in the 1980s and there should be a bit of give & take, a bit of yin and yang, in the relationship."