Newcastle Double For So You Think
Young Coolmore sire So You Think is building momentum towards the Sydney and Melbourne autumn carnivals with two new 3YO winners at the Newcastle meeting on Tuesday.
Prepared by Joe Pride for Proven Thoroughbreds, So Spirited (So You Think x Spirited and Sexy, by King Ivor) scored at his second run back from a spell over 1250 metres.
A $150,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Coolmore draft for Jamie Walter’s Proven Thoroughbreds, So Spirited will be looking for longer journeys as his campaign progresses.
He holds an entry for the G1 ATC Australian Derby on April 1.
Foaled and raised at Coolmore, So Spirited is a half-brother to stakes-winner Fire Thunderbolt and G3 placed Spirited Princess being the fifth winner from good producer Spirited And Sexy, who died in 2014.
She won the 1350 metre maiden by half a length.
Connections also have lofty aspirations for Naughty Thoughts, who has been entered for the G1 ATC Australian Oaks on April 8.
A $330,000 Easter yearling purchase for Woppitt Bloodstock from the Ruane draft, Naughty Thoughts is the second winner for stakes-winning Anabaa mare Marchelle Belle.
So You Think is also the sire the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Northwest Passage, winner of the Listed Tasmanian Derby in Hobart last Friday.
Northwest Passage (So You Think x Danevade, by Danehill) was an easy debut winner at Hawkesbury in November, won his next start at Canterbury in December and was then a close third at Randwick on January 2.
In Tasmania he won the Hobart Guineas (2100m) and Derby (2200m) double by big margins and now has the ATC Australian Derby or South Australian Derby as looming targets.
With four wins and a third from five starts and $179,000 in prizemoney, Northwest Passage is one of three stakes-winners by So You Think.
Bred by Morning Rise Stud, Northwest Passage was passed in as a yearling. He is the second winner for G2 placed Danevade, a sibling to G2 winner Shania Dane, HK Classic Mile Winner Scintillation and stakes-winner Risk Aversion.
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