I Thought So under Glyn Schofield excelled in the $100,000, Elite Haulage Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday with the four-year-old So You Think gelding winning for the first time since March 2017 and stepping up from two successive placings.
Last start I Thought So was third to winter sprinting specialist Jungle Edge in the listed June Stakes over 1100m at Randwick on June 9th. He carried 53.5kg to Jungle Edge’s 60.5kg. On Saturday I Thought So went up to 55kg while Jungle Edge stayed at 60.5kg courtesy of apprentice Georgina Cartwright’s 3kg claim.
A vital difference was that Schofield ensured that I Thought So was within striking distance of the expected leader Jungle Edge as they travelled across the top alongside the High Street. In the June Stakes Kevin Forrester sent Jungle Edge forward to a 2L lead as they entered the turn and it was the winning move.
This time Schofield and I Thought So were right behind Jungle Edge and Cartwright waited until the top of the rise before releasing Jungle Edge. It was too late and Schofield had I Thought So ready to pounce which they did with 250m to run. The winning margin was 1 1/2L.
I Thought So and Glyn Schofield with Jungle Edge and apprentice Georgina Cartwright behind, picture Stevehart.com.au
Schofield summed up the race perfectly.
“I was travelling wasn’t I,” he said.
“I thought they would go a bit quicker than they did and I was happy they did not go too fast, like I said to Paulie and the connections before the race, the key to him is not letting him get too far back, he has a nice short sprint but I did not want to use it to get to them, I wanted to be on the back of them and to use it to get past them.
“That is what happened today and the barrier allowed that, the tempo allowed that as well and the horse did the rest.
“He was bottled up and he was fiery underneath me and that is what you need from a sprinter and he gave me the necessary acceleration on wet ground. I was mindful that when he hit the front so far out that he might have a think, but he didn’t, he ran true and it was a good win,” he said.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden commented I Thought So was still a work in progress for the stable.
“We are still trying to work him out a little bit, both times he has resumed I have been away in Queensland so I have to see how he is at the races. I asked the man Davo who rides him each morning how he is, and he said he is the best he has been,” he said.
“Slowly he is starting to turn the corner. He lost sight of the bunny last start and got too far out of our ground. The draw this week allowed that and he let down really well,” he added.
I Thought So, picture Sportpix.com.au
The $3.80 favourite Jungle Edge (Dubawi) and Cartwright held second with a neck to a closing Faraway Town (53.5kg) (Not A Single Doubt) and Tim Clark.
The time was 1.11.64 on the Heavy 9 track with the final 600m in 35.86. I Thought So paid $6.00 on the fixed odds and $5.80 on the tote.
I Thought So, out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Cat’s Pyjamas, is owned by Mr G C Waters, Mrs V L Waters, Mr C P Sourris, Mrs G Sourris, Mrs P A Evans, Mr T B Perrott, Mr M L Melville, Mrs K Newcombe, Dr G G Newcombe, Mr J C Brennan, Fractured Fairytales Syndicate, Now We're Thinking Syndicate and Think So Syndicate.
The win took his record to three wins and eight placings from 17 starts with stakes of $282,425. Earlier in his career he looked to have considerable potential, but it has taken a gelding operation to focus the talent to racing alone and Saturday’s win might be the start of repeat performances.
Glyn Schofield, picture Sportpix.com.au
Elite Haulage Handicap, the Winter Dash, photo finish picture ATC