Joe Pride has trained some well above average horses but Think About It has become the potential best horse with his victory in Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane.
So You Think’s four-year-old son claimed his ninth win in ten starts as he dominated his rivals in the $3 million event.
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It was his second consecutive Group 1 win after winning the Kingsford Smith Cup and Pride, from Warwick Farm, said Think About It made him feel like none of his previous Group 1 stars, including Terravista, Eduardo and Private Eye, got this done.
“I’ve been waiting for a horse like this for a long time, it’s pretty good,” said Pride.
“He could just keep climbing. This is the first time I didn’t class him from one run to the next, it went from group 1 to group 1.
“Bring everything for this horse. I just don’t know where his blanket is, he’s awesome.”
Dressed in black and lime by Proven Thoroughbreds, Think About It’s victory redeemed Stradbroke’s unfortunate second place finish with Private Eye 12 months earlier through the syndication company.
Jockey Sam Clipperton found a nice spot and showed early on the straight before claiming a 1-1/2 win over brave local hero Rothfire ($16) with promising three-year-old Hawaii Five Oh ($5) just a neck away third.
“The feeling he gives me is like I’ve never met a horse before and I’m really grateful to Joe Pride and Proven Thoroughbreds for riding this amazing horse,” said Clipperton.
By winning the $3.60 favorite, Think About It became the winner of the lowest-priced Stradbroke since Private Steer, which started at $3.40 two decades ago.
With Think About It, Pride’s attention now turns to being a step above Private Eye again, this time in the $20M race The Everest, where he will compete in the Newgate Farm slot.
“Everest is there in the spring and it’s hard to imagine it not going well,” Pride said.
“I’ve been waiting for a horse like this for a long time, it’s just great.”