Special Win For Jake
Jan 10, 2015
A jockey's first winner is always going to be a special horse to that rider - which is why apprentice Jake Bayliss has always had a soft spot for dashing chestnut You Think So.
It was in February 2012 that Bayliss celebrated his first winner - You Think So claiming a ratings 0-68 event at Werribee.
And two years on Bayliss is still a big You Think So fan, that same horse providing the young rider with his first Saturday metropolitan winner at Flemington.
Settling well in fourth position in the Rain Lover Handicap, You Think So took an early lead straightening - and just kept going, outstaying and outclassing his rivals to win the 2500m contest by 3/4 length with plenty in hand.
"A massive thrill," said a delighted Bayliss.
"Ever since I kicked off my career he's been there somewhere. He is a great horse to ride - everyone loves him."
Out of the winners circle since February 2013, You Think So was sidelined for some time with tendon injury, Michael Kent saying that "he had a long time off and it has been a long, slow process getting him back."
Kent was however confident that Saturday was the day for You Think So - "it looked a nice race for him with 51kg," he said.
Bayliss, who rides You Think So in much of his track work, agreed - "I was very confident," he said.
Always happy in the running, Bayliss noted that You Think So "sustained a really good long run."
"I thought he horse on the outside was coming strong but he is as tough as guts and he boxed on."
The win bought back memories of Bayliss' first winner for Kent - "I remember putting the saddle on and actually taking it back off and sitting in the stalls and putting it on at the last minute it was that heavy - there was about 13kg of lead!"
A stayers series at Moonee Valley - where You Think So is a three times winner - is on the agenda for the lightly raced seven-year-old with a trip to Tasmania for the Hobart and Launceston Cups (won by the stable's Epingle last year) also a possibility.
Congratulations to You Think So's patient owners Derek Murray, Miss Judmar Racing, John Corr, Peter Fitzgerald, Mongrel, John O'Brien, Rosswood, Ed Woods, Larry Tyler, Wendy Tyler, Mervyn O'Gradie and Rhonda O'Gradie.
A son of English 2000 Guineas winner Golan, You Think So was a NZ$16,000 yearling who has amassed just short of $400,000 in stakes with his eight victories.
A Listed winner bred in New Zealand, You Think So is out of a full sister to Montahlia who won the Werribee Cup for the stable.