22nd Stakes-Winner for So You Think
Ten years ago in 2009, So You Think was winning the first of his two Cox Plates and on Wednesday he sired his fifth stakes-winner this season when Long Jack (3c So You Think x Extravaganza, by Monsun) cemented his claim on the Group I VRC Victoria Derby with a stylish victory in the $140,000 Listed Geelong Classic.
Prepared by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Long Jack arrived in Australia as a talented stakes-placed maiden and quickly broke the ice with an easy win at Ballarat on September 6.
Two subsequent starts have failed to show his true potential, his most recent outing at Flemington not helped by a very public meltdown in the pre-race parade that left him with little energy when it counted.
Fitted with blinkers to race in and ear muffs for the parade, we saw a more settled Long Jack at Geelong and he duly produced the sort of effort connections were hoping for.
He travelled smoothly back in the field for Damian Lane with plenty of cover and when shown clear running hit the line hard to win the 2200 metre staying test by half a length over Southern Moon and Relucent, both place-getters also turning in great trials for the Victoria Derby on Saturday week.
“He’ll be in the Derby, but whether he can win it or not I don’t know,” said Murray Baker.
“He’s a horse that is probably three or four months away. We have faith in him though, he’s from a Monsun mare, so he’ll stay like a mother-in-law!”
A homebred for Australian breeders Fergus and Delia Doyle, Long Jack is the first foal from Monsun mare Extravaganza (Ger), a full sister to Group III winning German stayer Energizer. Further back the family features Group I winners Magic of Life, Inara and Joshua Tree.
Extravaganza was covered last year by Galileo’s star son Churchill and recently produced a lovely filly foal.
Long Jack is the 22nd stakes-winner for So You Think and is his fifth this season putting him on a par with Pierro, I Am Invincible and Blackfriars.
So You Think stands at a fee of $38,500.