You Think So - Adelaide Cup bound?
Nov 24, 2012
Emerging stayer You Think So proved a class about his rivals at Moonee Valley on Saturday - the lightly raced five-year-old a soft winner of the Art Series Hotel Handicap.
Having his first run at 3000m, the son of Golan relished the stamina test and, despite getting back into an awkward position on the fence, he looked the winner a long way out.
Needing luck approaching the turn, You Think So was travelling sweetly for an in-form Brad Rawiller and once gaining a split was able to race away to an impressive 1 1/4 length victory.
"He was held up before the turn," Michael Kent said, "but he had it won there - all the others looked gone, he was the only one still on the bridle."
Patient with the handsome chestnut who has had just 16 starts - winning four times, Kent has always thought highly of You Think So as a staying prospect.
"He is the sort of horse who could end up running in the Adelaide Cup," he said - adding that a crack at the Tasmanian Summer Carnival and/or the local country cups over the next couple of months are also possibilities.
In the meantime a stayer's series at Moonee Valley looks good for You Think So who has taken a real shine to the track - in the money at all four starts on the Strathayr.
A work in progress, You Think So was deserving of his first metropolitan win having been unlucky in the Lavazza on Melbourne Cup Day - always wide.
"He had no luck on a track where the fence as the place to be," Kent said, adding that You Think So still has plenty to learn.
"I have been teaching him how to win," he said, adding that gelding is still some time off his best - "he is still immature - a bit little and angular, not as strong as he should be."
The Moonee Valley winner's room was full to capacity after You Think So's victory - his proud group of owners (Derek Murray, the Miss Judmar Racing Syndicate, John Corr, Peter Fitzgerald, Peter Henley, the Mongrel Syndicate, John O'Brien, the Rosswood Syndicate, John Seward and Ed Woods) enjoying a celebatory champagne.
Derek Murray has been a particularly lucky owner - You Think So his third horse and his third metropolitan winner! And all with our stable - Tenno and Zoomin the others.
"My friend Peter Henley got me into these horses," he said, "and he reckons I am charmed! I know many find it hard to get a city runner let alone a winner so I feel very lucky."
You Think So is the first winner for the Montjeu mare Milly Molly, a half sister to the classy Montahlia who won last year's Werribee Cup for the stable.