Oaks Winner for So You Think
Tara Madgwick - Saturday May 5
Former champion racehorse So You Think added a fourth Group I winner to his tally when the Darren Weir trained filly Sopressa scored a determined neck win in the Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks at Morphettville on Saturday.

A maiden winner at Kyneton just three starts ago, Sopressa announced herself as a serious player when scoring a resounding four length win in the Group III SAJC Laelia Stakes two weeks ago.

So You ThinkPitted against stronger opposition in the Oaks and stepped out to 2000 metres, Sopressa rose to the challenge to claim a popular win for Harry Coffey, who suffers from cystic fibrosis.

"It's amazing and I'm speechless," Coffey said after the race.

"He (Weir) has probably wondered at stages if I would be able to deliver on the day with what I've been through because I can remember him visiting me in hospital when I was a little kid.

"My family would be so proud."

Weir was thrilled to prepare Coffey's first Group I winner.

"I guess it's a dream come true for Harry and also for myself to be able to give Harry his first Group I winner," Weir said.

"The Coffey family has been unbelievable to me all the way through my career. That's how I got into horses, through Harry's old man (Austy Coffey).

"I've known Harry ever since he was born, and I've followed his career and his illness as well. It's an amazing story."

A $70,000 Inglis Great Southern Weanling purchase for Dowling Park from the Bucklee Farm draft, Sopressa runs for a big group of owners and has three wins and four placings from 10 starts with prizemoney in excess of $430,000.

Bred by Cathy Webb and Ken Dean, Sopressa is the fifth winner from Group II winning Weasel Clause mare Hidden Strings, who was covered last season by Scat Daddy's brilliant son No Nay Never (USA).

The current yearling from Hidden Strings, a colt by Warhorse made $60,000 at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale last month.

Sopressa is the fourth Group I winner for So You Think, joining D'Argento, Inference and La Bella Diosa.

The dual Cox Plate winner stands at Coolmore this spring at a fee of $44,000.


Schweppes Oaks Gr1 2000m
Morphettville Track: Soft(5) Time: 2:04.34
1
0.3
Sopressa
T: D K Weir J: H Coffey 56
3f So You Think (NZ) x Hidden Strings (AUS) (Weasel Clause (AUS))
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale $70,000
V:Bucklee Farm, Greta West
B: Dowling Park $70,000
2
0.3
Sheezdashing
T: M Ellerton and S Zahra J: Damien Thornton 56
3f Myboycharlie (IRE) x Dashing Oberon (AUS) (Falbrav (IRE))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $52,500
V:Swettenham Stud, Nagambie
B: Ellerton Zahra Racing Pty Ltd $52,500
3
0.4
Miss Admiration
T: M G Price J: B Melham 56
3f Sebring (AUS) x Admiring (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $210,000
V:Glastonbury Farms, Scone
B: Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty Ltd $210,000
4
0.7
Pleasuring
T: D K Weir J: Damian Lane 56
3f Hard Spun (USA) x Sleeplessinseattle (AUS) (End Sweep (USA))
5
1.5
Think Bleue
T: D K Weir J: John Allen 56
3f So You Think (NZ) x Ballybleue (AUS) (Peintre Celebre (USA))
MM National Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Vieira Group Pty Ltd Sydney NSW
B: Darren Weir Racing/John Foote Bloodstock $80,000
6
1.6
Aloisia
T: C Maher J: M Zahra 56
3f Azamour (IRE) x Queen Boudicca (NZ) (Perfectly Ready (AUS))
7
2.5
Savacool
T: C J Waller J: D Oliver 56
3f Savabeel (AUS) x Chilled Out (NZ) (Anabaa (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Chris Waller Racing $220,000
8
3.7
Semari
T: T Busuttin and N Young J: D Dunn 56
3f Sebring (AUS) x Kumari (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Little Avondale Stud, Masterton, NZ
B: Tru Blu Bloodstock $150,000
9
3.9
Temple Of Bel
T: Tony McEvoy J: Craig Williams 56
3f Bel Esprit (AUS) x Sadiya (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
10
4.6
Pure Scot
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Regan Bayliss 56
3f Purrealist (AUS) x Enthrall (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
11
4.7
Pretty To Sea
T: C Maher J: M J Dee 56
3f Ocean Park (NZ) x Pretty (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Mr KB & Mrs NJ Agent $150,000
12
5.0
Earth Angel
T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: J Bowditch 56
3f Animal Kingdom (USA) x Miss Finland (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
13
5.6
Velocita
T: C J Waller J: S Baster 56
3f Sebring (AUS) x Shalimar Sky (AUS) (Hurricane Sky (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $195,000
V:Fairview Park Stud, Grose Wold
B: Star Thoroughbreds $195,000
14
7.2
Bring Me Roses
T: Tony McEvoy J: L Currie 56
3f High Chaparral (IRE) x Freckled Face (AUS) (Polish Patriot (USA))