So You Think Sandown Stakes Double

Tara Madgwick - Saturday November 14

So You Think started the day well at Sandown with a stakes quinella after Carif and Realm of Flowers went one - two in the Listed MRC Sandown Cup (3200m) and kept the winning run going when So Si Bon won the Group III MRC Eclipse Stakes (1800m).

So Si Bon wins the G3 Eclipse - image Natasha Morello / Racing Photos

The Lindsay Park trained seven year-old had been very close in recent starts and finally got his turn to shine with a tenacious nose win for Mark Zahra.


Co-trainer Ben Hayes thought So Si Bon was a big chance after he flashed home late.

"I think that’s how he wins - he wins by the barest of margins. He got there well," he said.

"Mark did a great job. Just let him balance, pulled out and he was too strong.

"He’s a great horse because he loves being in-training. He’s been in for a very long time. If he pulls up well we wouldn’t be against backing him up next week in the Ballarat Cup. It could be an option for us."

So Si Bon has become a favourite at Lindsay Park - image Natasha Morello / Racing Photos

A $250,000 Inglis Easter purchase for his original trainer Robbie Laing from the Newgate Farm draft, So Si Bon has the overall record of six wins and 14 placings from 58 starts with earnings topping $1.5million.

He was bred by Morning Rise Stud and is one of two winners from former smart stakes winning juvenile Black Minx, who died in 2014.

So Si Bon is one of 30 stakes-winners for So You think, who has enjoyed a great season to date, holding down a spot in the Top 10 sires by earnings with five stakes-winners and earnings topping $4million.



Race Result - Nick Johnstone R/E Eclipse Stk Gr3 1800m

Sandown-Hillside Track: Good(3) Time: 1:49.61
So Si Bon
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: M Zahra 59
7g So You Think (NZ) x Black Minx (NZ) (Lonhro (AUS))
So You Think
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $250,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: R Laing
Power Scheme
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: Jye McNeil 55
4g Fiorente (IRE) x Rosa Perlato (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
T: A & S Freedman J: B Melham 61
7g War Front (USA) x My Annette (USA) (Red Ransom (USA))
All Too Huiying
T: P Stokes J: Michael Poy 57
6h All Too Hard (AUS) x Madame Flurry (AUS) (Perugino (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Mill Park Meningie SA
B: Gary Moore Racing
T: Archie Alexander J: Damian Lane 55
5h Makfi (GB) x Bartira (GB) (Cape Cross (IRE))
T: G M Begg J: L Currie 55
7g Redwood (GB) x Romantically (AUS) (Foreplay (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: DM Logan Racing Stables
T: Maddie Raymond J: D Yendall 58.5
8g Paco Boy (IRE) x Dont Dili Dali (GB) (Dansili (GB))
West Wind
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 55
5m Pins (AUS) x Zephyr Song (NZ) (Danasinga (AUS))
Gold Fields
T: Logan McGill J: Ben Allen 55.5
8g Churchill Downs (AUS) x Gold Delta (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $42,000
V:Blue Gum Farm, Euroa
B: Glenhuntly Lodge
T: Patrick Payne J: M J Dee 55
10g Shinko King (IRE) x Outraging (NZ) (Fiesta Star (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Te Runga Stud Ltd
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock Ltd
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