Just days after siring his first Southern Hemisphere winner, Windsor Park sire High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) took his tally to two after the Bart Cummings trained So You Think cruised to victory in the opening race at Rosehill.
So You Think (2c High Chaparral-Triassic by Tights) had trialled well leading into yesterday’s 1400m event and had little trouble disposing of his rivals which included stable mate Shamash.
Ridden by Hugh Bowman and racing in the famous Dato Tan Chin Nam colours, the colt sat in a midfield position before looming up to the lead around the home turn and dashing clear to win by just under two lengths.
The win impressed Cummings’ stable foreman John Thompson, who predicted a very bright future “We expected him to get back and run on and he’s actually raced a bit more forward than we thought,” Thompson said. “He’s an exciting prospect and we’re looking at him as a Derby horse later on.”
Bowman was quick to echo Thompson’s praise. “He’s a bit raw but he’s certainly a horse with a bright future,” Bowman explained.
Thompson added that Cummings had nominated So You Think for the G1 TJ Smith Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 6, a race that High Chaparral’s first winner, Shoot Out, is also nominated for. “They (So You Think and Shamash) are nominated for races in Brisbane, but I’m not sure if they are going that way, it’s up to the boss,” Thompson said.
A $110,000 purchase from the Windsor Park draft at last year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale, So You Think is the seventh foal and sixth winner for the G2 winning mare Triassic.