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So You Think - Sandown -02.07.2011

So You Think (right): defeats Workforce to win the Eclipse at Sandown

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Kiwi-bred So You Think eclipses Workforce

NEW ZEALAND breeding enjoyed a massive coup on Saturday when kiwi So You Think came with a late charge to mow down last year's Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero to win the Group 1 Coral Eclipse at Sandown by half a length.

So You Think was a five-time Group 1 winner in Australia for Bart Cummings and was purchased last year by Coolmore and brought to race in Europe.

The four-year-old son of High Chaparral arrived with a huge reputation and justified the hype with easy victories in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes and Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May. However, he was beaten by Rewilding last time out in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

One of five Group/Grade 1 winners worldwide for High Chaparral, So You Think was bred by Mike Moran and Piper Farm out of the Group 2-winning Tights mare Triassic.

High Chaparral stands for Coolmore at a fee of €25,000 in County Tipperary and for A$99,000 in New South Wales.

Also at Sandown Workforce's sire King's Best, a who stands under the Darley banner at the Haras du Logis in Normandy, received small compensation for the Eclipse second when another son, Chiberta King, landed the next race on the card, the Listed Coral Marathon.

Five-year-old gelding Chiberta King was bred by Watership Down Stud out of the Nashwan mare Glam Rock, a 1m2f maiden who finished third of four, beaten under four lengths, behind Love Everlasting in the 2002 Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes at Ascot.

In the opening Group 3 Coral Charge, Night Carnation became thefirst stakes winner for her Tweenhill Stud-based sire Sleeping Indian with a one and three quarter-length victory over Beyond Desire (Invincible Spirit).

Night Carnation is, like Sleeping Indian, a homebred for George Strawbridge.  She is a half-sister to multiple sprint handicap winner Elkhorn ou of the Dayjur mare Rimba, herself a daughter of Strawbridge's Sun Chariot Stakes winner and Champion Stakes fourth Ristna.

Ristna was a daughter of Kris and Coronation Stakes winner Roussalka.

The card's other stakes race was the Listed Coral Distaff and that saw the lightly-raced three-year-old filly Nahrain take her record to three wins from three starts.

Nahrainis by Lanwades Stud stalwart Selkirk and out of Ribblesdale Stakes winner and Oaks runner-up Bahr, a daughter of Generous.

Nahrain is Bahr's second stakes winner after Baharah, a daughter of Elusive Quality who landed the Listed Valiant Stakes and Fleur de Lys Stakes.







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