In an astonishing display, the remarkable 3YO galloper So You Think (NZ) (High Chaparral) claimed the $3million Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) for maestro trainer Bart Cummings on Saturday.
Sent straight to the front by big race rider Glen Boss, So You Think (NZ) set a true pace throughout and had plenty in tank when the challengers came calling, ultimately skipping away to a 2.5 length win over Manhattan Rain.
Finishing in a slick time of 2:03.98, So You Think (NZ) became the fastest winner of the Cox Plate since fellow Windsor Park Stud graduate Might & Powerís (NZ) 1998 performance of 2:03.53 who still holds the course and race record.
Making the Gr.1 WFA accomplishment all the more remarkable is the fact that it was only the High Chaparral coltís 5th start and came at the tender age of three.
No stranger to success in the race, Cummings achieved his 4th winner with the outing, with previous victors here including the 3YO Taj Rossi, along with Saintly and Dane Ripper.
Asked as to his estimation of the horse, the champion trainer remarked as Ďheís one of the bestí.
Bred by Windsor Park Studís Michael Moran, his wife Helen and Piper Farmís Cecile and Alex Smith, So You Think (NZ) was a $110,000 graduate of the 2008 Premier Yearling Sale, where purchased by Cummings.
Owned by Dato Tan Chin Nam & Tunku Ahmad Yahaya, So You Think (NZ) was the winner of 2 from 4 races heading into Australiaís WFA showpiece, with the best win of these coming in the Gr.3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m).
Describing So You Think (NZ) as the 'people's horse' , Dato has agreed with Cummings to give the public another Gr.1 glimpse of the horse, with the next intended outing coming in the Gr.1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.
Beyond demonstrating his own exceptional ability, So You Thinkís Cox Plate win served as another exciting result for the Sadlerís Wells sire High Chaparral and for the victorís Gr.2 winning dam, Triassic (Tights).
Standing at Windsor Park Stud, High Chaparralís oldest crop are now impressing as three-year-olds, with a landmark Gr.1 winner being attained earlier in the season courtesy of Monaco Consul (NZ) in the AJC Spring Champion Stakes.
High Chaparral is represented by 3 horses at the upcoming NZB Ready To Run Sale.
So You Thinkís dam, Triassic (NZ) winner of the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Classic over 2000m has now produced seven foals to race all winners.
Triassic will be represented by an Elusive City colt at the forthcoming Karaka Premier Yearling Sale and she visited High Chaparral this season.