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Expressions of interest for Pendragon

With the changeover to Lime Country as managing operators at theirBowral property, Think Big Stud is taking expressions of interest to relocate theirever consistent winner making sire,Pendragon (NZ).

Sire of 58 winners from only 115starters and earnings of over $4.5m worldwide giving Pendragon a ratio of 50.4%w/s. Pendragon currently has horses racing in the stables of James Cummings,Chris Anderson and Phillip Stokes, to name a few.

Since Pendragon’s stud career began hehas sired runners in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and New Zealand, who havebecome multiple winners. They have been successful at the metropolitan andprovincial meetings and won in all track conditions across a range ofdistances. His best performers to date include G2 Thousand Guineas Preludewinner, Miss Gunpowder (4 wins &$242,100), the ever consistent Killarney Kid (12 wins & $402,663)and multiple winners The Peak (7 wins, 3 sp & $531,532), Abba (2wins, 1 sp), Blazing Dragon (5 wins &$216,265) and recent winner Mega Mall (3 wins).

Pendragon’s recent racetrack successinclude multiple winning mare, Mega Mall (3 wins, $71,525) and debutwinner at Morphettville, Supreme Polarity, who was able to back up thatwinning performance at Balaklava on Sunday and remains unbeaten. SupremePolarity joins The Peak (5 wins in a row) and smart mare, Model Dragon (3 wins in a row), Ivanhoe (3 wins) who were able to put together consecutive winsfrom debut.  We look forward to seeing what Model Dragon canproduce this preparation after she won her trial at Strathalbyn last week by2.6L. This week also saw BudderrooKnight (4 wins & $102,000) qualify for the Provincial Championship atRandwick and Mercurial Lad add asecond win at the Canberra feature meeting to his lightly raced record.

Please contact Duncan Ramage on 02 9663 3030 for more informationand to arrange an inspection.

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Exceptional Racehorses Make Exceptional Sires
10 February 2017

The famous colours of Dato Tan Chin Nam were carried to glory by champion racehorse So You Think and the highly talented Eurozone, so it's not surprising to see their offspring in the Think Big Stud draft for the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

The BOBS eligible draft of five features one quality filly by So You Think and four youngsters by Eurozone, whose progeny at this sale are eligible to win the $100,000 Newgate Farm bonus paid to the recorded buyer of any of his yearlings that return to win the 2018 Inglis Classic race.

Eurozone was a stylish winner of his only two starts as a juvenile before training on to win the Group II ATC Stan Fox Stakes. He also confirmed his class at the elite level with placings in the Group I MRC CF Orr Stakes and ATC Randwick Guineas.

His sire Northern Meteor, was the Champion Australian First Season Sire of 2012/2013 with 18 first crop winners to his credit, so there is every reason to believe Eurozone can follow in his footsteps and make a quick impression next season when his first two year-olds hit the track.

Lot 10 Colt Eurozone x Margobelle, by Barathea (IRE)

Half-brother to seven winners highlighted by stakes-winner Wells Street.

Lot 39 Colt Eurozone x More Chickens, by Zabeel

From a half-sister to stakes-winner Chickens, the dam of Group III winner Do You Think. From the family of Group I stars Faint Perfume, Danendri, Copperama and Danestorm.

Lot 163 Filly Eurozone x Quick Thinking, by Starcraft

From a daughter of Group I New Zealand Oaks runner-up Sursum Corda, a full sister to Group I winners St Reims and Champagne. From the family of current stakes-winners Imposing Lass and Charmont.

Lot 171 Colt Eurozone x Rocking, by Fastnet Rock

From an unraced half-sister to Group II winner and Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Catnipped and to the dam of stakes-winners Prom Queen and Swiss Rose.

Lot 394 Filly So You Think x Champagne Dance, by Encosta de Lago

One of only two fillies in this sale by leading second season sire So You Think. From an unraced daughter of Group I winner Tempest Morn and sibling to the dams of Group II winner Good Standing and Group III winner Tempt Me Not.

See the draft at Stable 2 H2 – 6
Story by Tara Madgewick -


Melbourne Cup champ Saintly dies aged 24
16 December 2016

"Saintly, the horse from heaven, has gone home. He gave us so much," Anthony Cummings tweeted.

Saintly lived out his retirement years at the Cummings family property at Princes Farm, at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the banks of the Nepean River.

Trained by the late Bart Cummings, Saintly was crowned 1997 Australian Horse of the Year for his racetrack deeds during the 1996/97 season which included wins in the 1996 Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

His first Group I success came earlier that year when as a three-year-old he toppled the older horses at weight-for-age in the Australian Cup before his memorable clashes with Octagonal, Filante and Nothin' Leica Dane in the Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby.

In total Saintly won 10 of his 23 starts, four at Group I level, with earnings of more than $3.8 million.

Story Racenet


Dato Tan Chin Nam welcomes Lime Country to Think Big
5 December 2016 
Malaysian business magnate and one of Australia’s most successful owners in history, Dato Tan Chin
Nam has leased his Think Big Stud in NSW Australia to Greg & Jo Griffin’s Lime Country

With an involvement in racing that has spanned nearly five decades, the winner of four Melbourne
Cups has loved to share his enjoyment of racing from the outset and in doing so, he and his horses
have won the hearts and minds of racing enthusiasts by pushing the boundaries of racetrack
excellence and making the impossible possible.

During a love affair with racing that began in 1971, Dato Tan selected a colt from Cups King Bart
Cummings’ yard, with whom he had a life-long friendship, and named him Think Big. In 1974, Think
Big became the first of Dato Tan’s four Melbourne Cup winners. So enjoyable was that initial
experience that Dato Tan invited his close friend, former Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul
Rahman into the ownership and twelve months later together they shared in Think Big’s second Cup

The ensuing years have seen Dato Tan win three Cox Plates, a Caulfield Cup, three Derbies, two
Oaks’ and many other Group One races with horses such as Saintly, Viewed, Catalan Opening, God’s
Own, Allez Wonder, Wonderful World, Faint Perfume and Eurozone. Now stallion So You Think and
Champion filly Norzita were particularly special as they were shared with another close friend and
long-time racing partner, Tunku Ahmad Yahaya.

In 2007, in a quest to raise and nurture his equine athletes, Dato Tan Chin Nam acquired 300 acres of
prime river frontage in the Southern Highlands of NSW in Australia and named it Think Big Stud.
Subsequently, Think Big has been painstakingly developed into one of Australia’s most picturesque
thoroughbred properties. Many of the aforementioned spent time here during their illustrious

Established in 2007 by Greg & Jo Griffin, Lime Country is a progressive thoroughbred enterprise that
has emerged as one of New Zealand’s leading sales consignors of mares, weanlings, yearlings and
two-year-olds. While Lime Country will continue to offer their current services of sales preparation,
breaking-in, pre-training and spelling racehorses at their new location, their relocation to Australia is
the next step in a business model that will see a strong focus in the future on trading mares and
weanlings at the top of the market with new and existing business partners that have similar

Dato Tan Chin Nam wished Greg & Jo Griffin the best: “Good luck, good health and may God bless
you as our partners.”

Duncan Ramage, managing director of Think Big Stud and long-term racing manager for Dato Tan
expanded on the new partnership, “Dato is delighted with this outcome after exploring his options
for the last few months. With this relationship, Dato Tan will retain ownership of the land which is
becoming more precious over time, while at 90 years of age, passing the operations of the stud itself
to Greg & Jo Griffin, a young, energetic and ambitious couple, means his horses can remain at the
property and continue to be cared for to the highest of standards.”

Lime Country will relocate from NZ to Think Big on February 15 next year. Yearlings out of a number
of Dato Tan’s broodmares will be sold at the yearling sales of 2017 and include the Redoute’s Choice
colt out of Faint Perfume who will be offered by Lime Country on behalf of Think Big Stud at the
Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Greg Griffin of Lime Country said, “We feel honoured that Dato Tan and his family have entrusted us
with Think Big Stud and their bloodstock that still reside on the farm. It is particularly exciting to be
able to offer on their behalf Faint Perfume’s yearling colt next Easter. We look forward to
welcoming our current clients, breeders, trainers, agents and buyers to Lime Country in 2017 and
continuing the successful and unforgettable legacy that Dato Tan Chin Nam has created.”

For further information please contact Greg Griffin on + 64 27 499 0074, Jo Griffin on +64 27 579
0188 or Duncan Ramage on +61 (0)2 9663 3030.

Homebred wins Bong Bong Cup

19 November 2016 

James Cummings has trained his second consecutive Bong Bong Cup winner with Alfred The Great taking out the iconic picnic race.

Cummings won his first Bong Bong Cup last year with Colour Of Money, who, like Alfred The Great, is a son of Pendragon, the foundation sire at Think Big Stud.

Both horses race in the colours of Dato Tan Chin Nam, the owner of Think Big Stud and also the dual Melbourne Cup winner for whom the farm is named.

Ridden by Alan Barton who rides work for Cummings, Alfred The Great beat the Robert Price-trained Tradtri with both horses carrying equal top weight of 68kg in Friday’s 1560m-event.

Dato Tan won four Melbourne Cups with Cummings’ grandfather Bart who trained 12, but never won a Bong Bong Cup.

Think Big Stud in the NSW Southern Highlands, is eight kilometres from the Bong Bong racecourse which holds one meeting a year.


An announcement from Think Big Stud
25 October 2016

Dato Tan Chin Nam has decided to withdraw his Southern Highlands property from the market for the foreseeable future.

He looks forward to continuing to produce winners and future champions off the Stud.

25 October 2016

Pendragon continues to tick along nicely at the start of the 2016/2017 racing season with pleasing results in recent weeks all from his 2012 foal crop.

Phillip Stokes’ is no stranger to having winning Pendragon’s in his stable, after training G2 Pendragon filly, Miss Gunpowder (ex Forever Rafter) to race success, he now has another Pendragon mare from the same crop in Model Dragon (ex Cool And Chic). Model Dragon had two starts in the Autumn for two wins and South Australia’s leading trainer sent the 4YO mare to Cranbourne for her first start this preparation and wasn’t disappointed with the mare showing a lightning turn of foot to overcome her rivals and win the 1400m Benchmark 64 by a length making it 3 in a row.

Having his second preparation with James Cummings, four year old gelding, Dependable(ex Redoutebelle), broke through for his maiden win at  Wyong on 29 September after a second placing last preparation at Newcastle. He has been so consistent this preparation with 5 starts for a win, two seconds and two thirds and will head to Canterbury tomorrow to contest a 1550m Handicap where he is expected to be competitive once again.

Another four year old gelding to break his maiden status this prep is Hit The Floor (ex Champagne Dance) who managed to win at his first start this preparation in a 1250m Maiden at Newcastle in class record time by 1.3L. After being unplaced in only two of his 6 starts last preparation, we look forward to what Hit The Floor has in store for connections over the Spring and early Summer.

Pendragon’s success is not confined to the Australian racetracks as four year old gelding, Ivanhoe (ex Miss Baker) flies the flag for his sire in Malaysia for former Singaporean champion trainer, Malcolm Thwaites. From only four career starts, Ivanhoe, a 2014 Think Big Stud Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale graduate, has had three wins (all over 1200m) and a second placing and his trainer just may have found a new star for his stable.


Oaks Dreaming for Expensive Savabeel
27 September 2016

The most expensive filly sold in 2015 by champion New Zealand sire Savabeel opened her account with a stylish victory at Kembla on Tuesday and holds an entry for the Group I VRC Oaks.

Savvan as a yearling

Savvan as a yearling

Prepared by James Cummings, Savvan was fifth to subsequent stakes-winner Zenalicious at her previous run at Warwick Farm and appreciated a step up to 1600 metres to score a neck win at her fourth start.

A $350,000 NZB Premier purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds from the Trelawney Stud draft, Savvan runs in the familiar colours of Dato Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud, who own the filly in partnership with Kia Ora Stud and Westcode Pty Ltd.

She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Smashing from Group II winner Ruud Van Slaats and comes from the family of Group I winning filly Ruud Awakening.

Story by Tara Madgwick -
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