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SO YOU THINK x DATABLE FILLY

     

SO YOU THINK x DATABLE FILLY

10% @ $17,080.00 MONTHLY FEES $380.00.
5% @ $8,540.00 MONTHLY FEES $190.00.
2.5% @ $4,270.00 MONTHLY FEES $95.00.
2% @ $3,416.00 MONTHLY FEES $76.00.
1.25% @ $2,135.00 MONTHLY FEES $47.50.

TRAINER - MICK PRICE & MICHAEL KENT (Jnr)
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SO YOU THINK x DATABLE FILLY. 
 

So You Think was unearthed in New Zealand by Bart Cummings and Duncan Ramage (racing and breeding manager for Bart's long-time friend and patron Dato Tan Chin Nam) and bought at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka for NZ$110,000, consigned in the Windsor Park Stud draft. His pedigree conformed closely to the Cummings blue-print. His first three dams had all been stakes-performed multiple winners and boasted solid breeding records. His dam Triassic (NZ), a daughter of the imported Nijinsky stallion Tights, had scored twice in stakes company. By the time the young So You Think headed to Karaka, she had already bred winners by Tale Of The Cat, Last Tycoon (Ire), Carnegie (Ire) and Galileo (Ire). 

In retrospect and even without considering his subsequent achievements, NZ$110,000 seems remarkably inexpensive for a well-bred yearling of So You Think's quality. While the Cummings blue-print allows a fair bit of leeway as regards conformational faults, with So You Think it didn't need to. A truly beautiful and extraordinary well-balanced horse, he would score highly in any show-ring; but, then again, by the time he went through the sale ring, even New Zealand had succumbed to the modern fashion of putting a premium on seemingly precocious sprinter/milers. So You Think was never going to be a Golden Slipper contender. Even so, though, he was still forward enough to make a winning debut as a 2-year-old, scoring over 1400m at Rosehill late in the autumn of 2009. The beautiful seed was clearly starting to germinate. The following spring it burst into flower, and then continued to bloom for three glorious years.

 The story of So You Think's racing career can be summed up in four short words: he was a champion. On only his fifth start he defeated the best older horses in Australasia at weight-for-age, taking the G1 Cox Plate over 2040m at Moonee Valley. He probably would then have beaten a field of top-class older milers under handicap conditions two weeks later had he been ridden with more restraint; as it was, he set a strong pace in the G1 Emirates S. at Flemington before weakening in the closing stages and finishing second to All American (Aus) (Red Ransom). 

When So You Think resumed as a spring 4-year-old, he was majestic. He landed a sparkling Group 1 four-timer in the Underwood S., the Yalumba Caulfield S, his second Cox Plate, and the Mackinnon S. In true Cummings style, So You Think backed up three days later in the Melbourne Cup. Punters kept the faith and sent So You Think off the 2-1 favourite, but reality kicked in as weight and distance made this a bridge too far. Even so, So You Think went down fighting, finishing an honourable third of the 23 runners behind the French visitor Americain (Dynaformer).

 After Flemington, So You Think, his trainer and all Australian racing fans had history in their sights: a third Cox Plate in 11 months' time. Only Kingston Town (Aus) (Bletchingly {Aus}), trained by Cummings's former arch-rival Tommy Smith, had ever landed this mighty hat-trick. It seemed that all So You Think had to do was to stay sound for another 11 months.

 It transpired, however, that there was another proviso: So You Think also had to stay in Australia for another 11 months. 

Staying sound was the easy part; staying put was the problem. With Cummings laid up in hospital, a deal was done with Coolmore which saw So You Think heading to Ireland to join Aidan O'Brien's team at Ballydoyle. Cummings was furious, not least because the deal had been done while he was indisposed, but his anger and sadness could not turn back the tide. One would like to hope that Cummings eventually took some consolation from the glory which his protege garnered in Europe, where he doubled his Group 1 tally. In 2011 (aged five by Northern Hemisphere reckoning) his wins included the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh, the G1 Eclipse S. at Sandown and the G1 Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown. It is fair to say that he would have won that third Cox Plate with his head in his chest. No doubt he would have won the great race for a fourth time in 2012 had his connections chosen. He was only given two starts in Europe that year, but he won them both: the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh and the G1 Prince of Wales's S. at Royal Ascot. After 23 starts and 14 wins (13 of them in group races, 10 in Group 1s) he was in the form of his life. However, there would be no repeats of his Eclipse or Irish Champion S. wins, no further challenge for the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (in which he had finished fourth the previous year). The breeding shed at Coolmore's Australian division beckoned. We often hear the phrase that a horse ‘has nothing left to prove' and we are generally being lied to; in the case of So You Think, however, such words would have been nothing but the truth. 

The addition to the Australian stallion ranks of So You Think has proved to have been very timely. He began covering mares in the Hunter Valley in September 2012. Just over two years later, his sire High Chaparral died unexpectedly, aged just 15. His death left a big hole in the ranks of European Classic stallions, and an even bigger hole Down Under. It is worth remembering that, while High Chaparral (although extremely successful) was eclipsed in Europe by his paternal half-brother Galileo, it was the other way round in Australasia. When the two Derby winners began shuttling (Galileo to Coolmore in Australia, High Chaparral initially to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand until his excellent results prompted Coolmore to bring his shuttling duties ‘in-house') it was High Chaparral who achieved significantly the better results. 

The results from So You Think's four seasons at Coolmore in Ireland (2013 to '16 inclusive, meaning that his eldest offspring have just turned four) have so far been relatively unspectacular, but Down Under he has excelled. He seems currently to be shaping up as Australasia's most promising young source of high-class middle-distance gallopers. He seems to be his father's heir. (It should be added that there are still some younger High Chaparral stallions as yet unproven, most obviously the Arrowfield-based Dundeel (NZ), himself a seven-time Group 1 winner). 

From the outset, So You Think has been throwing a startlingly high proportion of good horses. The 114 members of his first Australian crop are still only 4-year-olds so we can expect their collective statistics to improve further, but already more than 10% of them are stakes performers. Of the 89 who have run, 58 (i.e. 65%) have won, accumulating a total of 110 victories. Of the 12 stakes performers in that crop, two were Group 1 Classic-winning 3-year-olds: G1 Randwick Guineas winner Inference (Aus) and G1 NZ 1,000 Guineas heroine La Diosa (NZ). The crop also included the top-class NZ-based Group 2-winning juvenile Gold Rush (NZ), emphasising the versatility of a stallion whose first crop has registered stakes victories at distances from 1200m to the 2500m at which Hobart Guineas and Tasmanian Derby winner Northwest Passage (Aus) won last season's Night Cup at Moonee Valley.

 Prior to taking last season's Randwick Guineas, Inference had finished third in the spring in the G1 VRC Derby. Subsequently he finished second in the G1 Rosehill Guineas with another son of So You Think, So Si Bon (Aus), a short head away in third. This season So You Think's second crop of 3-year-olds has thrown up his third Group 1 Classic winner: D'Argento (Aus), winner last Saturday of the G1 Rosehill Guineas in a manner which has seen him promoted to favouritism for the G1 Australian Derby at Randwick on Apr. 7. That Rosehill Guineas triumph made it a black-type double on Rosehill's Golden Slipper card for So You Think following the win earlier in the afternoon of The Pinnacle (Aus) in the G3 Epona S. The previous day the So You Think 3-year-old Think Bleue (Aus) had taken the G3 Alexandra S in Melbourne. As time progressed we now know that So You Think has developed into an outstanding stallion in Australian conditions. He has now sired 6 GROUP 1 Winners and many good pundits believe that So You Thinks best is still yet to come! 

One can imagine that Bart Cummings is looking down and smiling! 

The fillies pedigree is one of those pedigrees that everyone dreams of buying into and comes from a family that represents the crème de la crème of the Australian stud book today. It is literally filled with GROUP 1 Winning Sprinters that compliment so well SO YOU THINK'S well known ability for throwing a classic type and includes such horses as: SNIPPETS- Champion 3YO Sprinter in Australia winning the GROUP 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes, Galaxy Hcp and Oakleigh Plate, FORENSICS-Winner GROUP 1 STC Golden Slipper Stakes, ERTIJAAL-Winner GROUP 1 Kenilworth Cape Derby, SENSE OF OCCASION-Winner GROUP 1 BRC Doomben Cup, REWAAYA-Winner GROUP 1 MRC Rupert Clarke Stakes, KINGS LEGACY-Winner GROUP 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes and GROUP 1 Champagne Stakes AND OOHOOD-Winner GROUP 1 Flight Stakes. The families success doesn't end there either as evidenced by GROUP 2 Winners DERRYN- Winner ATC Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Stakes, MUSHREQ-Winner Meydan Al Fahidi Fort Stakes, QUICK SCORE-Winner AJC Apollo Stakes, and stakes performed horses such as COLOUR, REGROWTH, TRUE BLONDE, MOQLA, NISTAAN, SHARNEE ROSE, ASAWIR, LADY JIVAGO, ZIZOU, NATURAL IS MY NAME, COHESION, COME HITHER, FUN IN FLIGHT, HANKY PANKY and NOT A SINGLE DOUBT. This is an outstanding pedigree that holds great residual for breeding when her racing career ends, where we as a Syndicate can move her into her next stages of her career with us all benefiting from her progeny both on the race track AND via selling at the sales in the years to come! This is a filly that Mick feels is a middle distance type that will no doubt benefit from the sprinting qualities of her dams pedigree, so understandably, we are very excited to have purchased a filly that ticks ALL of the boxes on type, conformation and pedigree and is a filly that I can't help but encourage participation in! 

*As an added bonus and very important, is that this filly is a 20/20 match on the breeding search engine Goldmine and her pedigree matches extremely close to GROUP 1 Winners NAKETTA JANE, YOURDEEL, ACE HIGH, QUICK THINKER, FENWAY, TIVACI, INFERENCE and D'ARGENTO so we know the cross works at the elite GROUP 1 level! 

 

 

 

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