Newcastle Double for So You Think
Leading young sire So You Think is steadily building momentum towards the Sydney and Melbourne Autumn Carnivals with two more impressive new winners saluting at the Newcastle meeting on Tuesday. Prepared by Joe Pride for Proven Thoroughbreds, So Spirited (3g So You Think x Spirited and Sexy, by King Ivor) scored a bold length and a quarter win at his second run back from a spell over 1250 metres. A $150,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Coolmore draft for Jamie Walter’s Proven Thoroughbreds, So Spirited will be looking for longer journeys as his campaign progresses and holds an entry for the Group I ATC Australian Derby on April 1. Foaled and raised at Coolmore, So Spirited is a half-brother to stakes-winner Fire Thunderbolt and Group III placed Spirited Princess being the fifth winner from good producer Spirited and Sexy, who died in 2014. Making it a race to race double for So You Think was the Chris Waller trained filly Naughty Thoughts (3f So You Think x Marchelle Belle, by Anabaa) , who was sent out favourite and took the 1350 metre maiden by half a length. Connections also have lofty aspirations for Naughty Thoughts, who has been entered for the Group I ATC Australian Oaks on April 8. A $330,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Debbie Kepitis’ Woppitt Bloodstock from the Ruane draft, Naughty Thoughts is the second winner for stakes-winning Anabaa (USA) mare Marchelle Belle.