Think Big Stud

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

THE emergence of Think Big Stud was in many ways inevitable as owner Dato Tan Chin Nam’s core business is in real estate and the idea of owning land had been contemplated for a long time. Dato Tan had previously kept his mares at Kia-Ora Stud while hunting for the right property, and purchased Inverness Stud at Burradoo from Dr Jack Woolridge in late 2007.

Renamed Think Big Stud, after Dato Tan’s dual Melbourne Cup winner, the farm was positioned in a green zone during the equine influenza crisis and this resulted in the farm standing its own stallions in order to cover the home mares during that difficult time. Gloaming Stakes-Gr.3 winner and Spring Champion Stakes-Gr.1 runner-up Pendragon (NZ) (Elnadim (USA)-Alacrity by Grosvenor) retired in 2007 and while he has covered only small books, he has become a solid winner-producer with 35 winners (51.5% of starters) of $2.3m, including multiple city winner The Peak and Blazing Dragon and stakes placed Abba. Listed winner and Group placed Prince Arthur (Danehill (USA)-Scribbling by Palace Music)) retired to stud in 2009 and has already left the good stakes placed three year-old Smart Lad from few runners. 

In 2009, after Viewed’s Melbourne Cup win the previous November, the income from his wins allowed the farm to expand by buying a block of land from a neighbour, and So You Think’s great success, which included Cox Plate wins in 2009 and 2010 and more Gr.1 glory in England and Ireland, allowed further expansion. Now the farm covers 121.4ha (300 acres) nestled alongside the Wingecarribee River. The Southern Highlands region has a micro-climate similar to New Zealand’s famed Waikato region, and Think Big Stud makes the most of the elevation (690m above sea level), which gives the farm colder nights, more rainfall than the Hunter Valley, and allows for different types of pastures. The hope is that the similarity to New Zealand’s best breeding climates will ensure Think Big Stud grows horses in the same tough mould New Zealand is famous for. 

Think Big Stud’s first sales season was in 2008 and the stud started with a bang, bringing only one yearling to the Inglis Classic and selling the filly by Galileo (IRE) from Freja (Danehill) for just $45,000. Named Sidera, she won her first three starts including the Turffontein Fillies Mile-Gr.3. At Inglis Easter in 2008, Think Big Stud presented three yearlings, selling two and passing in a filly by Shamardal (USA) from Zona (Zabeel) with a reserve of just $40,000. Named Faint Perfume, she was crowned Champion Three Year-Old Filly in Australia in 2009-10 thanks to her dual Gr.1 wins in the VRC Oaks and Vinery Stud Stakes. The next year Think Big Stud sold Listed winner Liveandletdie, and there are many more horses showing potential who have been sold at subsequent sales. 

When international champion So You Think (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE)-Triassic by Tights (USA)) retired to Coolmore Stud after 14 wins (10 Gr.1) and earnings topping $10m, Think Big manager Duncan Ramage worked hard to select the best mates for the horse to give him every chance at success. As one of Dato Tan’s champions, it was inevitable Think Big Stud would support him with the stud’s best mares and its 2015 Newmarket draft has been tagged “Five by the best at Easter” and “100% So You Think”, as Think Big will offer three fillies and two colts from the first crop of this Sadler’s Wells grandson. 

Opening the stud’s account is Lot 230, a filly from the AJC Australian Oaks-Gr.1 runner-up Think Money (Danehill Dancer (IRE)). She is the second foal of her dam, who also ran fourth in the VRC Oaks-Gr.1. Second dam Ponziani (Nassipour (USA)) is a sister to Gr.2 winner Steel Phoenix and has produced three black type runners in Caissa, It’s All Money and Think Money. Next up is another filly, Lot 353, out of imported winner Dance on the Moon (IRE) (Fasilyev), already a success at stud with three winners including BTC Doomben Roses-Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed Awesome Planet (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) and Gr.2 placed Solar Eclipse (Iffraaj (GB)). 

This filly has ready residual value thanks to her half-sister Awesome Planet (already dam of Gr.2 second Awesome Rock), and a strong international pedigree. Her third dam is super broodmare Rose of Jericho (Alleged) who left four Group winners including English Derby-Gr.1 hero Dr Devious, Japanese Gr.1 winner and sire Shinko King (IRE) and successful sire Archway (IRE). The Gr.1 winner Maybe (Galileo), Champion Two Year-Old Filly in Europe and Ireland in 2011, also comes from this family. 

The most anticipated youngster in Think Big Stud’s draft is Lot 395, a brown colt out of star racemare Faint Perfume (Shamardal). Duncan Ramage pointed out buyers could have taken her home for just $40,000 at the 2008 Inglis Easter sale. “All our horses are offered for sale as we have separate breeding and buying budgets and the farm must pay for itself,” he said. “Everything the farm produces is entered for auction, and we let the auction houses decide which ones are acceptable for sale. Only then do we race those that are rejected, either by the sales companies or by buyers, and we try to put realistic prices on them all, as shown by Faint Perfume herself.” 

Faint Perfume’s first foal was a colt by Street Cry (IRE) who sold at Easter last year for $475,000 and has been named Iron Boss. Zona (Zabeel) the dam of Faint Perfume did not win, but she is a daughter of Champion Three Year-Old Filly and dual Gr.1 winner Danendri (Danehill), who won more than $1m and is a successful broodmare, leaving Gr.3 winner Zingham (a brother to Zona) and Listed winner and Gr.1 placed Banc de Fortune (Galileo). Faint Perfume’s third dam, stakes-placed Stormy Exchange (USA), is by Storm Bird and Faint Perfume carries a 4mx4f cross of this influential stallion, the other line coming via Shamardal’s grandsire, twice Champion US Sire Storm Cat. 

Lot 413 is a brown filly by So You Think out of imported winner Forever Rafter (USA) (by the Storm Cat horse Delineator), who was successful at 8.5f in the US and is a half-sister to Qld Tatt’s RC Winter Stakes-Gr.1 winner Absolut Glam (Snowland) and Listed winner Nobby Snip (Snippetson), being from Pine Away (USA) (by Danzig Horse Pine Bluff), a half-sister to Gr.3 winner Moonflute (Danehill (USA)). 

The final So You Think yearling in the “100%” draft is Lot 601, a colt from winning Redoute’s Choice mare Redoutebelle, whose first foal, Beaudragon, is already a winner and city placed. Interestingly, this colt is inbred 3fx4f to Tights, the Gr.2-winning son of Champion sire Nijinsky who left three Gr.1 winners as a sire, and four as a broodmare sire including So You Think. His Queen of the Turf-Gr.3 winner The Perfume Garden is the third dam of this yearling, and she left three stakes performers including Redoutebelle’s dam, the VRC Oaks-Gr.1 placed Zazabelle. 

Ramage declined to make conformation statements about each of Think Big’s So You Think yearlings, saying instead, “We would prefer each and every person to inspect the draft and draw their own conclusions. So You Think has been well received at the sales so far, and overall they are athletic with presence and are great movers. He is a pure breeding bay, and many have the white star like him. The farm has already bought a few So You Think yearlings from other people in order to both support him and to diversify the pedigrees we have on the farm. It is part of a wider business plan to improve the quality of our farm’s potential offerings in the future, and we hope to either breed or buy our next champion via So You Think.” 

Year Sale Lot Name Sex Type Sire Dam Sire of Dam Price Buyer Vendor
2015 ISE 230  Unnamed (AUS) F Y So You Think $ Think Money  Danehill Dancer (IRE) NS NULL Think Big Stud
2015 ISE 353  Unnamed (AUS) F Y So You Think $ Dance on the Moon  Fasliyev (USA) NS NULL Think Big Stud
2015 ISE 395  Unnamed (AUS) C Y So You Think $ Faint Perfume  Shamardal (USA) NS NULL Think Big Stud
2015 ISE 413  Unnamed (AUS) F Y So You Think $ Forever Rafter  Delineator (USA) NS NULL Think Big Stud
2015 ISE 601  Unnamed (AUS) C Y So You Think $ Redoutebelle  Redoute's Choice (AUS) NS NULL Think Big Stud


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