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Bluebloods : Karaka 2012 Yearling Sale Preview
T THE latest in the Cummings list of greats is So You Think, and while he competed in Europe through 2011, his every move was followed with almost as much attention in Australia as if Bart was training him for a third consecutive Cox Plate. It is one of the unwritten rules that Australia claims any sporting champions who compete on its soil as its own. If they race here, then they are Australian. That’s the way it goes. Think Phar Lap, Carbine. Two pretty handy horses both claimed as Australian champions. Of course, they raced here and made their name here, never mind the NZ suffix, feel the love. So it is that the latest on the list of New Zealand expatriates to be claimed as Australian is So You Think (NZ). Bred in New Zealand in partnership by Cecile Piper and Michael Moran, So You Think was foaled at Windsor Park Stud, who then sold him as a yearling at the 2008 NZB Karaka Premier Sale. Cummings relates that it had been a long day of inspections and he had hit a disappointing of run of horses, leaving him fit to fall asleep. As ever, it took a horse to snap him from his enveloping torpor. “ Then this one came out and it looked like a horse,” Cummings says of the colt by High Chaparral (IRE) from Triassic by Tights (USA). “ Now you're talking, son,” Cummings told the stud groom. It was his 50th year at the New Zealand sales. This colt, he wrote in his autobiography, was as well put together as anything he'd seen in that half century. “ The New Zealanders are professionals, they know their horses, work with them.” The near black colt was subsequently knocked down to Duncan Ramage for $110,000, acting on behalf of long time stable patron Dato Tan Chin Nam, who had enjoyed dual Melbourne Cup success with Think Big, one of Cummings’ Cup winners purchased in the New Zealand sale ring. To paraphrase the cliché, the rest is history and with more chapters to add. So You Think made his debut at Rosehill on May 29, 2009 and he came with a rush in the straight to overwhelm Shamash under Hugh Bowman to win a 1400m two year-old non-metropolitan winners handicap. Spelled, So You Think returned as a three year-old with a good second in the Ming Dynasty Quality, before proving too good for subsequent Gr.1 winner Gathering in the Gloaming Stakes-Gr.3 (1800m). A fast-finishing fifth behind Starspangledbanner in the Caulfield Guineas left jockey Michael Rodd shaking his head, so fast did So You Think finish; and so to the W.S . Cox Plate-Gr.1, Australia’s weight-for-age championship, at just his fifth race start and, despite the race book showing him as being three, he was SO YOU THINK – KARAKA GRADUATE EXTRAORDINAIRE Bart Cummings says in one of the many books written about him that one of the best decisions he ever made in his life was to buy yearlings in New Zealand. So You Think is a shining example of that philosophy. Story by Darryl Sherer. So You Think KARAKA 2012 YEARLING SALE PREVIEW 20 SO YOU THINK M.K.
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