So You Think's Long Jack to Test Derby Credentials at Geelong

Media Release - Monday October 21

The pressure goes on Long Jack at Geelong on Wednesday to keep alive the Group I Victoria Derby (2500m) prospects for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

Long Jack - image Trish DunnellThe Cambridge trainers had three hopefuls — Long Jack, Quick Thinker and Rhaegar — entered for the Victoria Derby at Flemington on November 2, but are now down to just Long Jack, who will be using the Listed Geelong Classic (2200m) as a dress rehearsal for the big one with Damian Lane in the saddle.

Rhaegar is out for a break after racing keenly and dropping out in the last two of his Sydney outings, while Quick Thinker will be making his way down to Melbourne this week for lesser assignments after finishing fifth when a rival for Rhaegar in the Gr.1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick last start.

Quick Thinker had previously made a successful Australian debut in the Gr.3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) and finished third in the Gr.3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m), both at Rosehill.

“Quick Thinker was a bit disappointing in the Spring Champion Stakes, but the next day we found he had a temperature,” Baker said.

“He picked up a virus so he’s had a week off and this week he’ll come down to Melbourne for the lesser three-year-old races, like the Sandown Guineas (Gr.2 1600m). There’s still big money on offer in those races.”

With the stable’s Victoria Derby focus now solely on Long Jack, Baker is hopeful the son of So You Think is on his best behaviour prior to racing, after running his race in the mounting yard when sixth to Warning in the Listed Super Impose Stakes (1800m) at Flemington last start.

“He got fizzed up and real colty before his last run,” Baker said. “Being really wound up like that didn’t help his chances at all.

“We’re putting the blinkers on him this time and hopefully that will help. His work has been good and we’re happy with him.

“I’d want to see him running on to be a Derby chance. We won this race a couple of years ago with Weather With You and he was a similar type of chance going into it.”

Weather With You went on to finish eighth in the Victoria Derby, while Baker, when training in partnership with his son Bjorn, won the Flemington feature nine years ago with Lion Tamer.

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