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Heartlings fires first shot towards Group I glory

10 Feb 2016

Kerry Parker produced a potential Australian Oaks candidate when Heartlings burst through an inside split to beat the older mares in the Schweppes Benchmark 76 F&M Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Whilst the formguide showed the three-year-old daughter of Pendragon was resuming from Cheap Rolex Replica an eight-month spell without a trial, Parker revealed she had two jump-outs on herhome course at Kembla Grange to ready her for the 1400m first-up.

Expertly handled by Tim Clark, he never left the fence aboard Heartlings after jumping from barrier one, settling Omega Replica Watches midfield and gaining a split 200m from home.

Heartlings ($18) raced away to score by 1-1/4 lengths from the consistent Chris Waller-trained Miss Denni ($10), with Craig Carmody’s Taltarni($16) a further two lengths back in third.

Godolphin’s three-year-old filly Painted Firetail ($3.80) was ridden against her usual pattern, settling outside the leader and running out of gas inside the final furlong to finish sixth, beaten 4-1/2 lengths.

"She was still just a little bit immature in the spring so we decided to give her a break and bring her back for the autumn,” Parker said.

"Today was to Cheap Omega Replica tell us where we fit in. Apparently we fit in all right.

"She’s nominated for the Oaks. She’s by Pendragon so she’s going toget over a bit of ground.

"She’ll go the Surround next then the Keith Nolan and that’s when you decide where to go after that.”

Tim Clark made it a winning double for the day after earlier gettingSouthern Legend home for Les Bridge.

"She showed me last prep that she was a pretty nice filly,” Clark said.

"She’s on an Oaks preparation and it was hard not to be impressed with what she did today.”

Heartlings is nominated for the $1 million Group I Australian Oaks (2400m) to be run during The Cheap Omega Replica Championships at Randwick on April 9.

Story by Paul Joice – Racenet


2016 Inglis Classic Sale draft

4 February 2016

Think Big Stud will present our first draft of yearlings for the 2016 Sales in the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale to be held at the Newmarket Complex from Saturday 6 February to Monday 8 February.

Lot 103 is a bay colt by Poet’s Voice from Masterkova. Oaks winning dams are widely regarded as the lead progenitors and this son of second crop sire, Poet’s Voice (GB), hails from a Tasmanian Oaks winner. The mare so far has produced five winners by various sires, four of which have had multiple wins and most recently her 4yo, MasterBanger (by Kaphero), is her newest addition in Singapore. View the video footage of Lot 103 here

Lot 144 is a bay colt by Roman Emperor from Nordice. Renowned judge, Troy Corstens, purchased the full brother to this colt last year. 2009 Australian Derbywinner, Roman Emperor, has had two promising winners from only four starters from the Randwick stables of John Sergeant and John Thompson. Roman Emperor is a very intriguing sire, by Montjeu, this stallion, a Derby winner himself, has now evolved the staying sire everybody is after in NZ based Tavistock. View the video footage of Lot 144 here

Lot 192 is a Bay/Brown colt by So You Think from Quick Thinking. So You Think was a true champion of the turf winning 10 G1 races of the highest order in Australia, Ireland and England. His oldest now just two year olds and here he combines with a family that has produced serious champion horses the likes of Derby Winner, St Reims and sister, Champagne. Lot 192 dam sire, Starcraft, was also an international G1 star on the track and his second dam is no less the champion Sire and pre-eminent broodmare sire, Zabeel. All the blood and proventrack performance is there to make a top flight colt. View the video footage of Lot 192 here

Lot 224 is a bay filly by Your Song from Royal Feeling. From the first crop of Your Song, a G1 winning son of Fastnet Rock which requires no explanation. Interestingly, this filly is bred with the same sex balanced inbreeding to Danehill through a male and female strain that has already produced G1 winners Guelph, Southern Lord and Astaire. The most productive inbreeding through Danehill. The family is producing stakes winners at various distance ranges. View the video footage of Lot 224 here

Lot 387 is a bay colt by Salade from Any Joy. By Salade, a son of the speed sire Snitzel everybody wants to buy. Not everybody can afford a Snitzel however. Salade burst onto the two year old group scene with the time honoured Golden Slipper lead up the G2 Pago Pago. He was injured when running 8th a week later in the Golden Slipper and never realised his potential and went to stand at a private stud. Only his second runner as a sire finished second on debut at Morphettville on Jan 16th and again on Jan 30th. The dam’s first foal, Family Fun (by Related), is now a winner of two of seven starts this season. View the video footage of Lot 387 here

Lot 563 is a bay/brown filly by So You Think from Generosa. So You Think was a true champion of the turf winning 10 G1 races of the highest order in Australia,Ireland and England. His oldest now just 2YOs and here he combines with a proven family and a proven mare. The dam, Generosa, was a high level Group performer herself but she has produced better with Multiple Group winner and Group 1 placed, No Evidence Needed. Generosa’s youngest progeny to race, All Giving, is a winner again this season. Generosa is by Epsom Derby winner Generous and is from a mare by Danehill. It does not take much imagination to see the potential in this pedigree. View the video footage of Lot 563 here


20 November 2015

Four-time Melbourne Cup-winning owner Dato Tan Chin Nam has notched replica watches a first victory in a Cup of another kind.

Colour Of Money lived up to his $3 favouritism to win Friday's Bong Bong Cup (1560m) at the picturesque racecourse in the NSW Southern Highlands.

The track is little more than 7km from Dato Tan's Think Big Stud where Colour Of Money's sire Pendragon stands.

Ridden by Ricky Blewitt, Colour Of Money beat Cheap Omega Replica Scottish Border ($10) by three-quarters of a length with Vodnik ($13) another two lengths third.

Dato Tan's four Melbourne Cup winners were trained by the Cheap Breitling Replica late Bart Cummings whose grandson James is now at the helm of the Randwick stable.

Story by Caryl Williamson - AAP

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Phillip Stokes on fire with Miss Gunpowder

26 September

South Australia’s premier trainer Phillip Stokes knew he had a quality galloper heading into Saturday’s Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield.

It wasn’t so much that Miss Gunpowder had won three of her four starts.

In fact, her only defeat — when third to Australia’s best filly, Petits Filou, in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield six weeks ago — confirmed the trainer’s high opinion of her.

The combination of the experience oftravelling to Melbourne and racing at Caulfield was a major factor in MissGunpowder’s victory, along with an unflustered ride by Craig Williams who didnot panic when Jim Cassidy, on runner-up Payroll ($41), swept around the fieldat the 600m to apply the pressure.

The $4.20 favourite fought on tenaciously in a muddling-run race to defeat Payroll by a length, with the consistent Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka ($9.50) a long-head away third.

SportsBet immediately slashed herThousand Guineas quote from $13 into $7 third favourite for the 1600m fillies’feature in a fortnight.

But the Peter Moody-trained PasadenaGirl, who started at $5 and was shuffled back to eighth at the 400m beforerunning home well to finish fifth, took over Thousand Guineas favouritism byfirming from $4.50 into $4.

The previous favourite, Stay With Me from the David Hayes/Tom Dabernig yard, drifted from $3.60 to $4.60 after failing to fire when sixth, contradicting her effort when winning the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight ago.

Another disappointment was Alaskan Rose. The undefeated filly from Mike Moroney’s stable blew from $11 to $26 when she faded from fourth at the 800 to finish eighth, about six lengths from the winner.

Stokes said he would keep Miss Gunpowder in Melbourne at Moody’s stables until the Thousand Guineas.

“The secret was bringing her here (to Melbourne) before. Running so well behind Petits Filou (beaten less than 1½lengths) gave me great confidence,” Stokes said.

Stokes bought the filly at the Inglis Classic sale for $40,000 and is convinced she will acquit herself well in the Thousand Guineas.

“The 1600m will suit, she now knows the (Caulfield track) and her pedigree (Pendragon) suggests she will run the trip.”

Williams said he would likely stick with the filly for the feature.“You can’t get off her after winning the Prelude,’’ he said.

“I am confident going into the Thousand Guineas.

“If she improves any she will behard to beat.”

Story by Rod Nicholson – The Advertiser


G2 Winner for Pendragon
26 September 2015

Think Big Stud based sire Pendragon posted his first stakes-winner when talented filly Miss Gunpowder overpowered a quality field to win the Cheap Rolex Replica Group II MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday.

A striking brown filly, stamped unmistakably by her sire, Miss Gunpowder dashed quickly from the gates to lead for Craig Williams and then fought off all challengers to win the Cheap Omega Replica 1400 metre contest by a length.

"She’s a delight to ride,” said Williams. "Her only defeat has come behind Petits Filous, probably the best filly
in the country.”

With three wins and a third to Petits Filous from her previous four starts and earnings nearing $200,000, trainer Phillip Stokes believes his filly is ready for the Cheap Omega Replica Group I MRC Thousand Guineas on October 10.

"She has good gate speed, although I think she’ll be better with a sit, but she got the job done today,” said Stokes.

"Now we’ve just got to keep her together for another two weeks to the Guineas.”

A $60,000 Inglis Classic purchase from the Think Big Stud draft (pictured) for her trainer, Miss Gunpowder runs for a syndicate that includes her breeders headed by Dato Tan Chin Nam in whose colours she runs.

She is the first winner for well-bred import Forever Rafter (USA), a half-sister by Storm Cat sire Delineator to Australian Group I winner Absolut Glam and stakes-winner Nobby Snip.

Think Big Stud sold the current two year-old from Forever Rafter, a filly by So You Think, for $200,000 at Inglis Easter earlier this year, not surprisingly to Phillip Stokes.

She is due to foal again to So You think this spring.

Miss Gunpowder is the Cheap Rolex Replica best of some 40 winners by Pendragon, a Group III winning son of Elnadim (USA) from the New Zealand Oaks winner Alacrity.

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14 September 2015

The much anticipated first foal from 2012/2013 Champion Filly, Norzita, has arrived safely at Dato Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud overnight. The brown colt by 10-time G1 winner, So You Think, stood up soon after birth and was suckling quickly with Norzita showing good mothering instincts.

Norzita, who is owned by good friends Dato Tan Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya, who also raced in partnership with the colt’s sire, So You Think, won three races in her three year old campaign with her first stakes win in the G1 Flight Stakes where she beat an impressive field of fillies including Dear Demi.

The filly returned in the Autumn and finished in the top three in all of her five starts with a win first-up in the Listed Typhoon Tracy Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley. She then ran second in the G2 Kewney Stakes over 1400m at Flemington before returning to Sydney and finishing third against the older mares in the G1 Coolmore Classic. Norzita claimed her second G1 of the season in the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes over 2000m and then the 3YO filly took on the best horses in the country on a Heavy 10 in the G1 Doncaster Handicap finishing a gallant third behind seasoned wet tracker, Sacred Falls and 2YO Triple Crown winner, Pierro.

Norzita was crowned the 2012/2013 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly title after two Group 1 wins, the only three-year-old filly that season to win two G1 races. The Thorn Park mare suffered a soft tissue injury to her off-foreleg which short circuited the decision to send her to stud.

Norzita will visit Champion Sire Fastnet Rock in the Spring.



5 September

High-class filly Miss Gunpowder remains bang on target for Cheap Rolex Replica a Thousand Guineas assault with a dominant win at Morphettville on Saturday.

The Phillip Stokes-trained three-year-old, a winner of three of her four starts, totally outclassed her older rivals in the Hughes Chauffeured Limousines Handicap, justifying her $1.40 price with Cheap Omega Replica bookmakers.

The flying filly jumped well for apprentice Emily Finnegan, working across the field to find the lead.

Finnegan, who has ridden Miss Gunpowder in all her wins, was able to set a comfortable tempo in front, despite some mid race attention from Chondra.

She kicked into another gear at the top of the home straight, bursting clear before Cheap Omega Replica Finnegan let her coast to the line a two-length winners.

Chondra fought on well for second, a half-length inadvance of One More Daisy.

“I wish they were all as easy as that,” Finnegan said. “I was thinking about her next run and tried to Cheap Rolex Replica look after her.”

Miss Gunpowder will next race in the $200,000 Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield in three weeks before her main mission,the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas, on October 10.

“That’s what we wanted. I just told Emily to keep her out of trouble,” Stokes said.

“It’s going to be much tougher next time. There area lot of very good fillies around this season.”

Ben Scadden – The Advertiser


Nazir - First winner for James Cummings
2 September 2015

James Cummings was in the winner’s circle for the first time on his own at Canterbury on Wednesday following the passing of his legendary grand-father and training partner Bart Cummings in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The horse that put him there was four year-old Mastercraftsman (IRE) gelding Nazir, a half-brother to the Cummings trained dual Group I winning filly Norzita.

Resuming from a spell, the lightly raced Nazir powered home to win over 1580 metres by half a length with Tim Clark in the saddle and looks set for a good campaign.

"It’s special to be a part of it,” Clark said. "It just goes to show how good a trainer James is.

"To get a horse ready first-up at 1580-metres.

"I’m sure there will be plenty more winners to come.”

Only 75 minutes later, James Cummings made it a winning double when the aptly named The Special Two, a five year-old mare by War Pass (USA) from Hansuyen also saluted over 1200 metres.

Nazir was bought by DGR Throughbreds at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale from the Lyndhurst Farm draft and is a half-brother to Group I ATC Vinery Stud Stakes and Flight Stakes winner Norzita as well as Kiwi stakes-winner Hollows being the fourth winner from well-bred Quest for Fame (GB) mare Visique.

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Stakesplaced success for Pendragon
21 August 2015

The ever consistent, DRAGON FLYER,capped off a week which Cheap Omega Replica saw stakesplace success for two Pendragon sired runners.

Miss Gunpowder (3YO f Pendragon –Forever Rafter) made the Cheap Breitling Replica journey across the border to have her first start in Melbournewhen she competed in the G3 Quezette Stakes on 15 August. A graduate of the 2014 Think Big Stud ClassicSale draft, trainer, Phillip Stokes wanted to test the Adelaide unbeaten fillyagainst stakes company when taking on G3 winner Thurlow and the undefeated PetitsFilous in the 1100m race at Caulfield.

Miss Gunpowder jumped well and settlednicely in the race behind the race favourite, Petits Filous, roundingthe turn the leader was too strong and Miss Gunpowder finished a respectablethird and has the Cheap Omega Replica Thousand Guineas on her agenda this Spring. Watch replay here

“DwayneDunn was rapt with her,” Stokes said.

“He got her to relax in behind them andshe probably relaxed too well.

“She probably just needs further, whichher pedigree suggests.

“She’s working with some of my betterhorses and putting them away pretty comfortably, so I like her.”

Five days later, consistent gelding andlast start Canterbury winner, DRAGON FLYER (6YO g Pendragon – Ersilia), took onSydney Cup winner and former Melbourne Cup favourite, The Offer, in the ListedXXXX Gold Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury.

In a slowly run race,Dragon Flyer settled mid-field throughout but Blake Shinn, on The Offer, tookoff at the 600m and rounded up the leaders with Dragon Flyer running homestrongly to cut the margin from 3 lengths to a length on the line.Congratulations to connections which include breeder Mr Wilf Mula on thegeldings Stakesplacing which brings the tally to 10 seconds in 23 starts. Watch replay here

Fromlimited opportunities Pendragon has had only 78 starters from 105 named foalssince going to stud in 2007. Those starters have averaged $37,684 each inprizemoney or $7 for every $1 of his service fee.

He has sired winners from 2yo – 5yos, sprinters to genuine stayers, bothdomestically in Australia but also in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Manyor all of his illustrious contemporaries cannot replica watches claim such a return to servicefee on the track. Get a great deal more in service fee and get a great dealless on the racetrack than the $5,500 being sought for Pendragon.

Dragon Flyer Flies for Pendragon
13 August 2015

Think Big Stud’s, Pendragon, added another City winner to his tally yesterday when six year old, Dragon Flyer, posted a dominant win in the Cheap Breitling Replica TAB Rewards BM70 over 1550m at Canterbury.

Dragon Flyer’s last win was only two days before the death of his former trainer, Guy Walter. The gelding, now trained by John Thompson and raced by Guy’s brother Jamie as part of a syndicate of owners for Proven Thoroughbreds, was trapped three wide in the early stages of the run and was able to improve in the straight to win by a dominant 3-3/4 Lengths .

Jockey Tye Angland, who rode three winners on the fake watches day, said "He' s been racing really good on Saturdays, so he's sort of back in grade,"
"There was a big strong headwind so when I was wide I let him roll forward to try and get a little bit of cover.

"I didn't really get cover. I ended up sitting outside the leader."It's just one of those days where everything falls into place -take it while you can."

This is Dragon Flyer’s third win from 22 starts and 13 placings with total earnings of $117,675.

From limited opportunities Pendragon has had only 78 starters from 105 named foals since going to stud in 2007. Those starters have averaged $37,684 each in prizemoney or $7 for every $1 of his service fee.

He has sired winners from 2yo – 5yos, sprinters to genuine stayers, both domestically in Australia but also in Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Many or all of his illustrious contemporaries cannot claim such a return to service fee on the track. Get a great deal more in service fee and get a great deal less on the racetrack than the $5,500 being sought for Pendragon.
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