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Pride keeping faith in one-time Doncaster favourite

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Everest winner Think About It can redefine himself if he can overcome the odds to win the Doncaster Mile.

THINK ABOUT IT.
THINK ABOUT IT. Picture: Steve Hart

Having successfully converted Private Eye from a Group One-winning miler into one of Australia's best sprinters, Joe Pride will attempt the reverse with his Everest hero Think About It.

Private Eye won the 2021 Epsom Handicap over the famous Randwick mile and wasn't disgraced when stretched out to 2000m two starts later to finish fifth in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).

He has since placed in the past two renewals of The Everest (1200m), captured a $3 million Winners Stakes (1300m) and run Imperatriz to a narrow margin in the Lightning Stakes (1000m).

Pride says it isn't unusual for a horse's pattern to change over time, pointing to multiple Group 1 winner Mahogany, a grand campaigner during the mid-1990s, as a prime example.

"We see it all the time, horses do different things throughout their careers," Pride said.

"One of the most high-profile ones I remember was Mahogany winning two Derbies as a three-year-old and turning out to be a really good sprinter.

"Horses do change over time. They change their racing patterns, they change the amount of speed they have in their legs."

Think About It proved he could stretch his brilliance to at least 1400m with his win in last year's Stradbroke Handicap, then was specifically trained as a sprinter in the spring.

This campaign, Pride has come in with the mindset of testing the prolific winner in Randwick's most famous mile, albeit off the back of a preparation that hasn't gone to script.

Beaten first-up in the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) after making a mid-race move, Think About It endured a tough run on-speed from an outside draw when fifth in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m).

While they weren't the results Pride was hoping for, he wasn't disappointed in the horse and said Think About It was "spot-on" for Saturday's $4 million showpiece.

Will he run out the journey strongly?

Not even Pride can be sure. But he isn't afraid to find out.

"I don't know any more than anyone else. At the end of the day, nobody has seen him run over a mile," Pride said.

"Everyone has got an opinion, that's what these good horses seem to do is attract opinions.

"I'm sure if he doesn't run a mile, I'll have a million people telling me I'm an idiot for trying, but I want to find out and this is the right time of year to do it."

The distance won't be Think About It's only Doncaster challenge.

He has topweight of 57kg, an impost last carried to victory by Happy Clapper in 2018; he has drawn wide in barrier 15 and is unknown on heavy ground should the forecast deluge of rain eventuate.

Pride acknowledges all of the negatives, but says if any horse can overcome them, it is Think About It.

"This horse would run through a brick wall," Pride said.

"He's in terrific order. The runs he's had has made it impossible to win, so I haven't been disappointed in him and he hasn't been beaten far in either run.

"It has always been a preparation that was going to culminate here, so we're on track."

In a capacity field of 20 plus four emergencies, Think About It is a $17 chance with the emerging Another Wil the $3.80 favourite after forcing his way into the race with his Doncaster Prelude victory last weekend.


Racing and Sports

Randwick

Saturday, 06th April 2024

9
17:15
(local)

ATC AUSTRALIAN DERBY (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
AUD $2,137,500
2400m TURF HEAVY
9
17:15
(local)
AUD $2,137,500
2400m HEAVY

ATC AUSTRALIAN DERBY (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. RIFF ROCKET (AUS) 3yo G
AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) - MISSILE CODA (AUS)
JAMES MCDONALD
CHRIS WALLER
$2.2
56.5kg
Woppitt Bloodstock (Mgr: Mrs D N Kepitis)
2nd 3. CEOLWULF (NZ) 3yo C
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - LAS BRISAS (GB)
BLAKE SHINN
JOSEPH PRIDE
$7
56.5kg
W M Shelton, Mrs S E Shelton, P A Young, A J Rix, B D Playford, D Perkins, L J Howl, N J Pinner, Team T S A No. 2 (Mgr: Ms S Jones) & Ungar Family (Mgr: T M Ungar)

Sales Information

3rd 9. GLAD YOU THINK SO (AUS) 3yo C
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - GLADWELL (AUS)
RACHEL KING
J G SARGENT
$81
56.5kg
Think Big Stud (Mgr: D G Ramage), Westcode Pty Ltd (Mgr: D G Ramage), J G Sargent, D C Hall AM, S P Sutcliffe, Mrs L A Sutcliffe, P Burke, Dr A Burke, R J Ryan, H Blend & J A Brennan

Sales Information

4th 2. TOM KITTEN (AUS) 3yo C
HARRY ANGEL (IRE) - TRANSFERS (AUS)
ADAM HYERONIMUS
JAMES CUMMINGS
$7
56.5kg
5th 6. IMMEDIACY (NZ) 3yo G
TARZINO (NZ) - BUT BEAUTIFUL (IRE)
LUKE CURRIE
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
$10
56.5kg

Sales Information

6th 4. CAP FERRAT (AUS) 3yo C
SNITZEL (AUS) - C'EST BEAU LA VIE (AUS)
NASH RAWILLER
CHRIS WALLER
$14
56.5kg

Sales Information

7th 7. WYMARK (NZ) 3yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - PASADENA (NZ)
TOMMY BERRY
MICHAEL FREEDMAN
$6.5
56.5kg

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8th 8. NOISY BOY (AUS) 3yo G
REAL STEEL (JPN) - NORTHERN MODEL (AUS)
JAY FORD
TODD HOWLETT
$31
56.5kg

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9th 5. GANBARE (AUS) 3yo C
MAURICE (JPN) - MARDI (AUS)
TIM CLARK
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$21
56.5kg

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10th 10. ADAGIO (AUS) 3yo G
PIERRO (AUS) - ABATHA (AUS)
REGAN BAYLISS
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$81
56.5kg

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11th 11. ZENMASTER (AUS) 3yo G
AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) - ZENALICIOUS (AUS)
CHAD SCHOFIELD
CRAIG CARMODY
$201
56.5kg
12th 12. HOOLIGAN TOMMY (NZ) 3yo G
OCEAN PARK (NZ) - CONTRADA (NZ)
JASON COLLETT
J G SARGENT
$61
56.5kg

Sales Information

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