Just when you thought things couldn’t get better for the 2010 Breeder of the Year, Windsor Park Stud ….. an exhilarating Yalumba Stakes Day, starting with the arrival of a three-quarter brother to the Bart Cummings-trained champion So You Think.
The excitement continued for the team when the stud’s graduate So You Think notched his third Group One win in the Yalumba Stakes at Caulfield later that afternoon.
The son of High Chaparral, who is now regarded the best racehorse in Australia, was purchased for $NZ110,000 at the 2008 NZB Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka from the Windsor Park draft by Duncan Ramage.
Now raced by Dato Tan Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya, So You Think (NZ) has repaid his earlier investment in spades, with proceeds from his latest Gr.1 conquest lifting earnings to $2,775,000.
Adding to his impressive Gr.1 Cox Plate win at three, the boom High Chaparral entire has simply blown away his rivals in his three starts this campaign. His dominant wins in the Gr.2 Memsie (1400m), the Gr.1 Underwood (1800m) and the Gr.1 Yalumba (2000m) were largely untested.
So You Think is the seventh living foal of the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Classic winner Triassic, bred by Windsor Park Stud's Mike Moran and his wife Helen, in partnership with Piper Farm's Cecile and Alex Smith.
“Just after midnight on Yalumba Stakes day I got a text from Roddy (Rodney Schick) to say the mare was foaling. I got there as quickly as possible, but by the time I arrived, the colt was already on the ground” recalled Moran.
“After an hour or so, he stood up and got on the suck. The colt really has the stamp of Sadler's Wells’ colour and markings with the quality and athleticism of High Chaparral. It was just great timing really to be able to see him before heading off to Melbourne to watch So You Think win. What an unbelievable day!”.
The Bart Cummings-trained galloper is now the odds-on favourite for the Gr.1 Cox Plate and 4-1 favourite for the $6,000,000 150th Gr.1 Melbourne Cup.
Saturday’s arrival was bred by Mike & Helen Moran in partnership with Chris & Carol Chamberlain, and is also by High Chaparral from So You Think's debut winning half-sister La Souvenir.
Of timing, La Souvenir seems to know a thing or two. “She was served by High Chaparral on the Monday before So You Think won the Cox Plate and foaled on Yalumba Stakes day.” Moran said.