So You Think

Bay/brown 2006 16.3 hh (1.66 m)
High Chaparral – Triassic
Distance won over: 1400m. to 2100m.

The highest-rated son of High Chaparral.

Fee for 2017: $60,500

The best Australasian colt in recent memory and an exceptional sire prospect

10 Gr.1 wins in 2 hemispheres defeating over 75 individual Gr.1 winners for earnings of $8.9 million

Timeform 133 – Higher rated than the likes of Pierro, Sepoy, It’s A Dundeel, Starspangledbanner, Zoustar etc.

First yearlings sold for $500,000, $430,000, $430,000, $350,000, $325,000, $310,000, $300,000 etc.

“Few stallions have retired to stud in recent years with better credentials than So You Think. The magnificent black stallion is a 10-time Group 1 winner, probably one of the most handsome horses any of us has ever seen, and a son of a Group 2-winning mare, Triassic. He is clearly very likely to be a successful stallion, so it is no surprise that he has come up with a Classic winner in his first crop…” John Berry, TDN, 15th Nov.

Black-type performers already include…
Inference – 4-time winner including the Gr.1 Randwick Guineas, runner-up in the G1 Rosehill Guineas & 3rd in the Gr.1 Victoria Derby
Gr.1 NZ 1000 Guineas winner, Gr.2 Surrounds Stakes winner & Dual Listed winner La Bella Diosa
Gr.2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes winner Gold Rush
Three-time listed
winner Northwest Passage
Stakes performer Conscious
Winner & Stakes performer Smart As You Think
Kaching, 3½ length maiden winner & Gr.2 placed
So Si Bon, maiden winner, Gr.1 & Gr.2 placed
So You Too, dual winner and Gr.3 placed


High Chaparral’s sire Sadler’s Wells is a member of the GOODY TWO SHOES family.  His brothers FAIRY KING and TATE GALLERY are desirable reinforcements. Other members which would enhance this line include VAL DE LOIR, RIDAN, THATCH and his son THATCHING, NUREYEV, LORENZACCIO, GEIGER COUNTER, YEATS, INFLATE, PERUGINO, TOPSIDER, FESTIVAL HALL, FOX MYTH, REFORM and OPEN DAY. Nureyev is prominent in the dam of High Chaparral’s Gr.1 winning son, Wigmore Hall, while his Gr.1 winner Wrote is a direct descendant of Sadler’s Wells’ granddam Special.

Sadler’s Wells is bred on a Nearctic / Hail To Reason cross, a pattern which is desirably reversed in the pedigree of RED RANSOM. 

Darshaan, damsire of High Chaparral, is a FRIZETTE family member. He can be reinforced by the inclusion of horses such as MR. PROSPECTOR, SING SING, DJEDDAH, ROAN ROCKET, GREGORIAN, FERDINAND, BALDRIC II, JET PILOT, LOMOND, SEATTLE SLEW and OMAN.

The Mr. Prospector sire line is particularly appealing. Sadler’s Wells’ sire sons Galileo and Refuse To Bend are out of mares from this line. High Chaparral’s Gr.1 winner Redwood is out of a WOODMAN mare. Look for broodmare sires such as HUSSONET, RHYTHM, KINGMAMBO, STRAIGHT STRIKE, MACHIAVELLIAN, ELUSIVE QUALITY, MISWAKI (sire of UMATILLA), GEIGER COUNTER, BELLOTTO, EL MOXIE, JADE ROBBERY, distorted humor, END SWEEP, INFLATE, VETTORI, THUNDER GULCH, FAPPIANO and SECRET SAVINGS.

Kris, the second damsire of High Chaparral, is a full brother to KEEN and DIESIS. High Chaparral’s Gr.1 winning son Wrote carries another line to Kris. Kris can be sex balanced by daughters of SWITCH IN TIME.  Diesis can also be sourced via CREESE, DAGGERS DRAWN and HALLING mares.

Tights, damsire of So You Think, is by Nijinsky II. He is a key member of the very influential TORPENHOW family. Other family members such as REDOUTE’S CHOICE, DR. JOHNSON, FAR NORTH, THE MINSTREL, HURRICANE SKY, XAAR, UMATILLA, FREE AMERICA, RULER,  DENON, MASTERCLASS, NEW REGENT, EL GRAN SENOR, TRY MY BEST (sire of LAST TYCOON), SPINNING WORLD and GIELGUD in mares, should be very well received. 

Tights is bred on a Nijinsky II / Round Table cross.  Influences which can mirror this pattern include CAERLEON, CONQUISTAROSE, KINGS LAKE, LUJAIN and SUAVE DANCER.

The duplication of Rockefella in So You Think begs the introduction of fellow LADY SUSAN family members, DANZIG and BLETCHINGLY.  High Chaparral’s Gr.1 winner Monaco Consul carries more Rockefella through his damsire STAR WAY.

So You Think should work well with STAR KINGDOM.  High Chaparral has produced Gr.1 winner Descarado out of a mare by LORD BALLINA, while damsire Tights has produced Gr.1 winner Great Command out of a MARSCAY mare. Other representatives of this line include LUSKIN STAR, BLETCHINGLY, CANNY LAD, KENNY’S BEST PAL, FINAL CARDBLAZING SWORD, HULA CHIEF, ZEPHYR BAY, TATTENHAM, SHIFNAL and TODMAN.

Close relations to Northern Dancer (who is duplicated in So You Think) such as MACHIAVELLIAN, DANEHILL, EL MOXIE, EXIT TO NOWHERE, ORPEN and HALO are desirable.  Halo can be sourced via damsires such as DON’T SAY HALO, FUJI KISEKI, MORE THAN READY, SOUTHERN IMAGE, irgun and SUNDAY SILENCE.

At 2 Years:

1stSTC 2yo Handicap, 1400m., Rosehill by 1¼ lengths from Shamash.

Australian Champion 3yo colt 2009/10

1stMVRC Cox Plate-Gr.1, 2040m., Moonee Valley by 2½ lengths from Manhattan Rain and Zipping.
1stSTC Gloaming Stakes-Gr.3, 1800m., Rosehill by ¾ length from Gathering.
2ndVRC Emirates Stakes-Gr.1, 1600m., Flemington, to All American.

At 4 Years:

1stMVRC Cox Plate-Gr.1, 2040m., Moonee Valley by 1¼ lengths from Zipping and Whobegotyou.
1stMRC Yalumba Stakes-Gr.1, 2000m., Caulfield by 3¼ lengths from Alcopop and Whobegotyou.
1stMRC Underwood Stakes-Gr.1, 1800m., Caulfield by 2¼ lengths from Dariana and Metal Bender.
1stVRC MacKinnon Stakes-Gr.1, 2000m., Flemington by 3¾ lengths by Descarado and Ginga Dude.
1stMRC Memsie Stakes-Gr.2 (now Gr.1), 1400m., Caulfield by ½ length from Whobegotyou and Shoot Out.
3rdVRC Melbourne Cup-Gr.1, 3200m., Flemington beaten 3¼ lengths by Americain and Maluckyday.

In Europe in 2011: Champion older horse in Ireland

1stEclipse Stakes-Gr.1, 2000m., Sandown by ½ length from Workforce (European champion, Epsom Derby and ‘Arc’ winner) and Snow Fairy (Gr.1 winner in England, Ireland, Japan and Hong Kong).
1stIrish Champion Stakes-Gr.1, 2000m., Leopardstown by ½ length from Snow Fairy (Gr.1 winner in England, Ireland, Japan and Hong Kong), Famous Name (Group winner x 9) and Roderic O’Connor (Irish 2,000 Guineas-Gr.1).
1stTattersalls Gold Cup-Gr.1, 2100m., Curragh by 4½ lengths from Campanologist (Gr.1 x4) and Famous Name (Group winner x 8).
1stMooresbridge Stakes-Gr.3, 2000m., Curragh by 10 lengths from Bob Le Beau.
2ndPrince of Wales’s Stakes-Gr.1, 2000m., Royal Ascot beaten a neck by Rewilding with Planteur (Gr.1 winner) and Twice Over (Gr.1 x 4) behind him.
2ndChampion Stakes-Gr.1, 2000m., Ascot beaten ¾ length by Cirrus Des Aigles and defeating the Gr.1 winners Snow Fairy, Midday, Nathaniel, Wigmore Hall, Twice Over and Casamento.

In Europe in 2012

1stPrince Of Wales’s Stakes-Gr.1, 2000m., Royal Ascot by 2¼ lengths from Carlton House.
1stTattersalls Gold Cup-Gr.1, 2100m., Curragh by 6 lengths from Famous Name (Group winner x 9).

So You Think-An Australian Racing Legend

Yalumba Stakes-Gr.1

Underwood Stakes-Gr.1

Memsie Stakes-Gr.2


2010 Cox Plate-Gr.1

2009 Cox Plate-Gr.1

Irish Champion Stakes-Gr.1