Not much had gone right for Think It Over since he won the George Ryder Stakes on Golden Slipper day but things fell the way of the underrated miler as he made a final lunge to beat Riodini in the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
“It feels like a long time since anything went to plan for him on race day,” trainer Kerry Parker said. “He won that group 1 then he was scratched from Doncaster when he was at the top of his game because he cut his head in the float.
“So we had to take on the best of them in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes [where he ran fourth] as an afterthought and a bit of consolation.
“Then first-up, Brenton [Avdulla] had that fall and we had to find James Innes in the room on short notice, and he found a lot of trouble at the top of the straight.
“I was starting to think we were jinxed because he is the best horse I have had. When rain started I thought, ‘oh no not again’.
“I thought he was going to win easy at the 200m, but the slippery track from the rain probably just took the edge off his sprint at the end. But he won, which is all that counts.”
It took a brilliantly strong ride from Nash Rawiller to get Think It Over home, and he believes there is more to come from a horse that is ready to emerge as a contender at the top level.
Think It Over ($4.20) wasn’t to be denied on Saturday, like the good horse he is. It took the whole Randwick straight to gun down Riodini ($34) by a nose, with Montefilia ($19) making a good return another 2¾ lengths away in third.
“Glen Boss [who won the Ryder on Think It Over] told me a month ago this horse is really a horse of the future,” Rawiller said. “He didn’t feel he’d really fulfilled his potential, and I think he just showed his qualities then. He can go onto better things from here.”