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Pendragon Fires
25 May 2015

Think Big Stud resident stallion, Pendragon, has been enjoying a great run of success on the track with his progeny winning around the state.

Metung Penny (4yo m x Metung Ruby) has run in the placings at her last three starts for trainer Scott Singleton, breaking her maiden at Port Macquarie over 1500m on the 21 April. She then stepped up to 1600m at her next run two weeks later in Mudgee where she placed third and then was again triumphant today at Taree over the same distance. The four year old mare now has a handy $35,850 in prizemoney for her owners. Scott Singleton has had some success with the Pendragon breed being the trainer of City winner, Dark Brown Sugar, who retired with prizemoney of over $130,000.

Great supporters of Think Big Stud and Pendragon are Keith and Jan Meadows of Meadows Bloodstock and Racing. We are so pleased that their homebreds, Budderoo Knight (aka Pablo) and Budderoo Dragon (aka Pedro) have rewarded them with a winning double in the same week. Budderoo Knight (3yo x Budderoo Miss) has won back to back races at his 2 last starts. He broke his maiden at Sapphire Coast over 1400m on 3 May and then backed it up with another nice win at Nowra 2 weeks later over the same distance. His older brother, Budderoo Dragon (5yo G), headed to Goulburn on 8 May and was successful over 1200m for trainer Gabrielle Englebrecht. A great thrill for MBR Racing and their partners breeding 2 winners in the same week. Budderoo Dragon is just shy of $50,000 in prizemoney. Congratulations!

With Pendragon's 73 career starters to date averaging $37,448 in prizemoney earnings, at his 2015 fee of $5,500 (inc GST), the service fee to prizemoney return is possibly unmatched. This equates to over $7 of prizemoney for every$1 of service fee spent. These winners were all bred off a service fee of $10,000 or less which makes Pendragon a very affordable choice for your mare.

If you would like to send your mare(s) to Pendragon this season please send your enquiry to's 2015 service fee is $5,500 inc GST.


23 May 2015

High Midnight will head north for a crack at the Group I Queensland Derby after scoring a tough win in the Ardrossan Batlow Apples Handicap (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday.

The High Chaparral three-year-old gelding is in winning form, backing-up a 1900-metre victory at Rosehill two weeks ago.

Tim Clark notched up an early winning double, as did the Bart and James Cummings training partnership. The trio combined earlier with Tree Of Jesse to win the second race on the card.

Clark rode a patient race aboard High Midnight ($6.50), settling midfield and finding inside runs at the top of the straight before holding off the dogged Chris Waller-trained Rye ($13) by a short head.

"He's rock hard fit and has winning fitness on his side," James Cummings said. "I know the filly was unlucky but he was holding them on the line. He's a real fighter."

High Midnight is still in his first campaign and will tackle the Queensland Derby at his seventh career start.

"He's a 560kg monster," Cummings said. "That's our style. We have a dozen more like him at home."

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9 May 2015

Glen Boss liked what he felt after trackwork on Tuesday morning and the champion jockey was even more bullish about what might be in store for Killarney Kid after partnering him to victory in Saturday’s $40,000 May Handicap at Flemington.

Boss guided the Kiwi gelding to victory in the 2000-metre event, which was his first start for Caulfield trainer Peter Moody.

Boss requested the ride after having his first feel of the son of Pendragon earlier in the week and he was delighted to see the five-year-old justify that confidence on raceday.

“When I like a horse I don’t miss very often,” he said. “He gave me beautiful feel on Tuesday with no blinkers on. He just felt like he had so much more to offer.

“He’s a nice horse. I don’t know what level he’ll end up at, but he’s in the right stable to take him all the way.

“I think he’ll be winning a nice race.”

Killarney Kid ($8), who won four of 14 starts in New Zealand when trained by Richard Collett, turned in a tough effort to score a 1-1/4-length win over Kareeming ($8).

King Of England, who was heavily backed from $3.80 to start the $3 favourite, settled in the second half of the field and unleashed a 22.39-second final 400m to charge into third spot, just a long head behind Kareeming.

But Boss said nothing could detract from the performance of Killarney Kid, who hit the front much earlier than he would have liked.

“To hit the front in the Flemington straight 400 metres from home (and win), that’s a very difficult thing for a horse to do,” Boss said.

“So he hit the front way too far from home, but he was just going that easy I had to let the shackles go.”

Peter Moody’s racing manager Jeff O’Connor, who deputised for the stable with the champion trainer in Brisbane for the dual Group 1 meeting at Doomben, said it was a promising start to his time in the stable.

“He can probably progress through the grades the next month or two,” O’Connor said. “It would be a bonus if he can get through the wet as well,” he said.

Killarney Kid capped off a treble of winners this week for sire, Pendragon, with Budderoo Knight and Budderoo Dragon winning for loyal clients and owner/breeders Keith & Jan Meadows of MBR Racing at the Sapphire Coast and Goulburn respectively.

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2015 Service Fees Announced
4 May 2015

From limited opportunities, former promising racehorse, Pendragon, a stakes-winning son of Elnadim and earner of over $500,000, has had a standout 2014/2015 season, which included 2YO success with Miss Gunpowder, Hong Kong winner, Glorious Sunday, consistent city winner,Blazing Dragon and stakesplaced and earner of over $500,000 in prizemoney, The Peak.

Sire of 37 winners and winners of over $2.6m in prizemoney worldwide, Pendragon has runners in stables of trainers including, Bart & James Cummings, Robert Heathcote and Phillip Stokes.

Since Pendragon’s stud career began he has sired runners in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand, who have become multiple winners. They have been successful at the metropolitan and provincial meetings and won in all track conditions across a range of distances. His best performers to date include multiple winners The Peak (7 wins, 2 SP), Abba (2 wins, 1 SP), Blazing Dragon (5), Dark Brown Sugar (4), Killarney Kid (4),Military Manor (4), Yurrapendi (4) and Shen Long (4) and are off a service fee of $10,000 or less which makes Pendragon a very affordable choice to breed city class winners.

From his latest crop, Pendragon had a further 2 year old winner, when Miss Gunpowder won on debut at Morphettville for trainer, Phillip Stokes. We expect to see, hitherto unraced horses break their maidens out of the James and Bart Cummings stable and other stables around the country in the near future.

Dato Tan Chin Nam has placed a lot of faith in Pendragon and is well pleased with his achievements so far in his career. Pendragon has been going from strength to strength and it would be very hard to find a better value for money stallion at just cartier replica watches $5,500 inc GST here in Australia this season. With his 73 career starters to date averaging $36,421 in prizemoney earnings, at Pendragon’s 2015 fee, the service fee to prizemoney return is possibly unmatched. This equates to over $7 of prizemoney for every $1 of service fee spent.

Joining Pendragon at Think Big Stud is the regally bred Prince Arthur, a son of Danehill, arguably the most influential sire globally in the last two decades. Prince Arthur provides breeders with an opportunity to access one of Australasia’s most impressive families at a value price. Prince Arthur’s dam Scribbling is a half-sister to Tracy’s Element, dam of Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy and stakes-winning stallion, Red Element. Tracy’s Element is a half-sister to G1 Stradbroke Handicap winner and successful sire Danasinga as well as Group 3 winners, NZ sires Towkay and Cullen. Prince Arthur is also closely related to ATC G1 TJ Smith winner and sire, Master of Design.

Prince Arthur’s Singapore stakesplaced gelding, Smart Lad is flying the flag overseas and he has winners from his first crop of runners around Australia including Larimus for Robert Heathcote in Queensland and Lucksa for Phillip Stokes in South Australia. His oldest progeny are four year olds and include the half-relations to stakes winners Marheta, Wells Street and The Peak. Prince Arthur is continuing to prove himself well as a stallion after only covering small books of mares.

With further progeny in work with respected trainers around the country we can expect to see more from Prince Arthur as they move up through the ranks in their training. Prince Arthur’s 2015 Service Fee will remain unchanged at$2,750 inc GST.

Heathcote produces Derby chance for Dato

Monday 13 April 2015

The Queensland Derby has been confirmed as a serious target for the Robert Heathcote-trained Gid Up Strop.

Trainer Robert Heathcote believes he can cement his association with one of the world's most respected owners by winning the Group One Queensland Derby with Gid Up Strop .

The gelding was bred at Dato Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud and races in thecolours made famous by champions such as So You Think, Saintly and Viewed.

Heathcote's confidence he can win the Derby was boosted by Gid Up Strop's victory over 1630 metres at Doomben on Saturday.

"Thishas always been our Queensland Derby horse," Heathcote said.

"Gid Up Strop has always indicated he would be a stayer right from his maiden win at theSunshine Coast last year."

"I had a talk with Duncan Ramage (Dato Tan's racing manager) and we mapped out a plan for the Derby.

"This year it is 2200 metres around Doomben but he has won at the track now," Heathcote said.

Heathcote said Gid Up Strop was a nice type of horse who was bred to be a stayer.

"He is by Think Big Stud's sire Pendragon and a win in a Group One race would obviously orologi replica italia be a great boost for the stallion," he said.

"Gid Up Strop is not unlike thegreat So You Think in looks and he carries those famous race day colours. Maybe the luck will rub off."

Heathcote's association with Think Big goes back about three years with That's Karma and Tale Of The Dragon.

The news wasn't so good for Punta Norte who Heathcote had also hoped wouldbe a Queensland Derby horse.

Punta Norte ran last behind Gid Up Strop and will now be spelled.

Story by Mark Oberhardt - AAP


More Homebred Success
21 March 2015

Dato Tan Chin Nam enjoyed great success with Shamardal’s Group 1 VRC Oaks and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Faint Perfume and his familiar black and white check with yellow sleeves were carried to victory by another high-class daughter of Shamardal (USA), Shamalia, in Saturday’s Group III TAB Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.

Settled well back in the field by Hugh Bowman, the Bart and James Cummings mare overpowered last year’s Golden Slipper heroine Mossfun (Mossman) to win by 2-lengths with Ygritte (Snitzel) a half-length back in third. (photos Lisa Grimm).

It was the second stakes win for Shamalia after the Listed Fireball Stakes at Randwick back in March last year.

It advances her overall record to 5 wins and 1 third from 11 starts for earnings of $289,825.

"She’s a special mare for us, she’s built up a really good record and we really love this horse,” Cummings said.

"She broke onto the scene with two really good wins at Randwick. She won the Fireball, beating a one-time Golden Slipper and Golden Rose favourite Sidestep that day she had a big weight put on him. Her next run was on a bottomless Gosford track in the Gosford Guineas, absolutely biblical rain that day.

"It’s taken a long time to come right since then and hopefully this is her prep. she can now go two weeks into a Championships race at Randwick and we can make her presence felt.”

Cummings indicated the Group II Sapphire Stakes at Randwick on April 11 is the immediate target of Shamalia.

Bred and raced by Dato Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud and Remy Skerl, Shamalia is the second foal of the 3-time winning Redoute's Choice mare Laylia who descends from the family of Group 1 winners Super Quercus, Hearts Cry, Lilacs And Lace, Stella Madrid, Tis Juliet and Kimberley Mine.

Laylia has a yearling colt by Roman Emperor and was bred back to So You Think last spring.

Shamardal (USA) covered for five years in Australia, the last in 2010. He is the sire of the current Hong Kong star, Able Friend.

Story by Mark Smith - Racenet


Three State Trifecta for Think Big Graduates
15 March 2015

Think Big Stud is enjoying a great run for our homebreds with winners across three states from graduates The Peak, High Midnight and Miss Gunpowder. 

The Peak, having his second start in Queensland following his third in the Listed Falvelon Quality at Doomben a fortnight earlier, returned to the winners circle at the Sunshine Coast on 8 March. Settling to the back of the field in the 1400m race, The Peak made his run at the 400m, coming around the field and kicking away over the final stages to win by 1.5 lengths. 

High Midnight (High Chaparral-Geeta) had her second start for training partnership James & Bart Cummings, at Kembla Grange on Friday. Ridden by leading jockey,Tommy Berry, High Midnight took up the lead in the early stages of the 1600m copie montre race, before settling third in the run, before chasing down the leader with 100m to go to win by a half length. 

Pendragon posted his second win of the week when 2YO, Miss Gunpowder won in impressive fashion on debut at Morphettville Parks on Saturday. From Forever Rafter, a half-sister to Absolut Glam, Miss Gunpowder broke her maiden with a 2.5 length win in the 1050m Hcp for trainer Phillip Stokes. 

Think Big Stud will offer a half-sister by So You Think, Lot 413, at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. view draft here http://


A busy week for Think Big Stud homebreds
7 February 2015

Prince Arthur recorded another winner on Friday, with homebred, Lucksa (ex Margobelle) scoring a nice win at Gawler for trainer Philip Stokes. The 3YO gelding sat wide throughout (with cover) and kicked clear in the straight to run away to a two-length win. This is the third start for Lucksa this preparation and after his 2nd last start, it’s nice for him to break his maiden for long-time owner and friend, Tunku Ahmad Yahaya. 

Another of Prince Arthur sons, Smart Lad, from the same foal crop as Lucksa, have his second win in Singapore on 1st February. Trained by Mohd Yusof, Smart Lad was resuming after a short let up following his second placing in the More Magic 3YO Championship (Sgp-3) last start.  

This concludes a great week for Think Big Stud graduates, with 3YO filly, Deep Pockets, breaking her maiden at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Trained by Leading Queensland trainer, Robert Heathcote, the filly by God’s Own from the mare, Lasting Change, was having her third start this preparation after finishing 4th in her last two starts (at Doomben and Ipswich) she was finally able to breakthrough to win her first race by a long head. 

Think Big Stud is offering yearlings at the Inglis Classic Sale from 8-10 February, Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale on 9-11 March and the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale on 7-9 April.  

Photos and pedigrees of those drafts will be available on the Think Big Stud Sales page 


Shamalia provides perfect ending for Cummings Melbourne stable
14 November 2014

Shamalia and Chad Schofield provided the perfect ending for the Melbourne stable of Bart and James Cummings when sweeping home to land the Caravan Industry Association Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Shamalia started a well-backed $2.60 favourite on the strength of her last start third to Deep Field at Randwick on October 18 and on Bart's 87th birthday, Schofield produced Shamalia with a well-timed challenge in the home straight to defeat Nicamorae ($4.50) a head with Lateva ($10) the same distance away third.

Long-time Cummings Melbourne foreman Reg Fleming wore a satisfied smile but declined any post-race interviews, preferring Schofield to do the talking.

"She settled nicely but they were going along at a fair pace,” Schofield said."My mare is only little but she's got more than a touch of class and she has done a big job under the weight (60kg),

"Bart and James have been big supporters of mine and it's a real thrill to win on what is the last runner from their Melbourne stable.”

A four-year-old daughter of Shamardal, Shamalia has won four of her nine starts and earned $199,025.

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Beaudragon wins on Debut for Pendragon
14 November 2014

Pendragon is going through a purplepatch at the moment with Beaudragon winning on debut at Gosford yesterday. 

Bred, raised and educated at Think BigStud, Beaudragon (3YO colt ex Redoutebelle) was having his first start fortrainer, Gerald Ryan in a 1200m Maiden at Gosford. He bounced well and settledin the lead for jockey, Brenton Avdulla, and was never headed and finishedstrong to the line to win the race by a length. 

This is the second debutante winnerfor Pendragon in 10 days with Gid Up Strop winning on debut for RobertHeathcote at the Sunshine Coast and with Blazing Dragon flying the flag inSydney with her 2 wins and a second at her last 4 starts, Pendragon should beon your shortlist of stallions for this breeding season. 

If you would like to send your mare(s)to Pendragon this season please send your enquiry to's 2014 service fee is $6,000 plus GST.
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