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First Australian Winner For So You Think
Champion racehorse and dual hemisphere stallion So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) sired his first Australian winner when 2YO colt Inference won the City of Ballarat Maiden Plate (1400 metres) at Ballarat in Victoria yesterday. Trained by John, Wayne & Michael Hawkes and having just his second career outing, Inference charged home from a midfield position to score by 1-length over fellow colts Beach Life (Hinchinbrook) and The Informer (Star Witness). Inference is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Pontiana and hails from the family of Gr1 South Australian Oaks winner Lady Liberty and Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (F) winner Freedom Fields. He is So You Think's third winner to date, headlined by Gr2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes winner Gold Rush (New Zealand). So You Think won five Gr1 races in Australia for the late legendary trainer Bart Cummings, including successive Cox Plate victories, before a majority share in the New Zealand-bred horse was sold to Coolmore in 2010 (after his first Cox Plate victory in 2009, Cummings described So You Think as the closest thing to equine perfection). Transferred to Ballydoyle in Ireland, So You Think won a further five Gr1 races under Aidan O'Brien, including the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and two renewals of the Tattersalls Gold Cup. He retired with a champion's record of 14 wins from 23 starts and over $8.8 million prize money.