So You Think HK Stakes-Winner

Tara Madgwick - Sunday September 26

Six year-old So You Think gelding Buddies had not been in the winner’s list in Hong Kong since November last year, but he burst back to top form on Sunday with a bold front running win in the Group III Celebration Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin.

Buddies wins the G3 Celebration Cup - image HKJC

Trained by Tony Cruz and ridden by Matthew Chadwick, Buddies controlled the race from the outset and scored a three-quarter length victory, his first in a Black Type race.


The tactics, hatched by Cruz and Chadwick, delivered a triumph which surprised punters– but neither trainer nor jockey.

“Not really a surprise because I expected to be up the front,” Cruz said.

“I expected him to lead this race and, on this track today, I think it was an advantage to lead. He had a light weight (113lb), so I got the right jockey on him.

“He’s a good front rider, Matthew Chadwick. It was not a big surprise to win it. I expected him to run in the first four. Last season, he ran fifth (in the same race behind Golden Sixty) and this year he is much fitter for the race.

“This horse has won by leading before, he’s an honest horse but I know he is at his peak today.”

Cruz will next target the Group II Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m), but feels the shorter trip is less than ideal.
“A mile is too long for him, 1200 metres is too short for him. But I don’t have an option at 1400 (metres), so I’ll go to the 1200 (metres) race on 17 October,” he said. “Seven furlongs is his best distance but I don’t have any races for him.”

A $320,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Yarraman Park draft for George Moore Bloodstock, Buddies started his career in the John Moore stable before switching to Cruz last year and has the overall record of eight wins and seven placings from 30 starts.

Bred by Yarraman Park in partnership, Buddies is a half-brother to stakes-placed Relentless and is from Group III placed Anabaa (USA) mare Gladwell.

Gladwell has a yearling full brother to Buddies that is sure to be popular at the sales next year.

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Buddies is the 35th stakes-winner for So You Think and is his first in Hong Kong. The champion son of High Chaparral (IRE) stands at Coolmore this spring at a fee of $77,000.



Race Result - The Celebration Cup (Hcp) Gr3 1400m

Sha Tin Track: Good Time: 1:20.48
T: A S Cruz J: M Chadwick 51.5
6g So You Think (NZ) x Gladwell (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
So You Think
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $320,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: George Moore Bloodstock
Tourbillon Diamond
T: C S Shum J: A Badel 51.5
5g Olympic Glory (IRE) x Modave (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
MM National Yearling Sale $7,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Neil Douglas
Sky Darci
T: C Fownes J: J Moreira 54.5
5g Darci Brahma (NZ) x Strictly Maternal (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $160,000
V:Highden Park
B: Mr B Kwan
Duke Wai
T: P D O'Sullivan J: V Borges 51.5
6g Per Incanto (USA) x Swan Lake (NZ) (Green Perfume (USA))
NZB National Weanling Broodmare and Mixed Sale - Weanlings $40,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Hallmark Stud/Suncroft Bloodstock
Champion's Way
T: J J Size J: K Teetan 54
6g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Greta's Yarn (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Holbrook Thoroughbreds, Scone, NSW
B: John Foote Bloodstock
Southern Legend
T: C Fownes J: Z Purton 60.5
9g Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Donna's Appeal (AUS) (Carnegie (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Corumbene Stud, Dunedoo
B: C Size & N Begg
Russian Emperor
T: D Whyte J: Jerry Chau 52.5
5g Galileo (IRE) x Atlantic Jewel (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: D A Hayes J: M L Yeung 51.5
6g Dark Angel (IRE) x She's A Worldie (IRE) (Kodiac (GB))
Mighty Giant
T: P Yiu J: M F Poon 57
6g Power (GB) x Wanderov (NZ) (Ustinov (AUS))
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