Waterhouse aims big
Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse says Thinkin' Big could be aimed at some of the big feature races this spring following his win in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Classic at Caulfield on Saturday.
Waterhouse said she and co-trainer Adrian Bott would assess Thinkin' Big's recovery from his latest win before deciding their next move, but the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Victoria Derby are all options.
He's such a talented colt. He is such a beautiful horse and he's got a lovely turn of foot.Gai Waterhouse
"We'll sleep on it tonight, we've got a few days before we need to decide," Waterhouse said after the dominant win.
"We've already discussed it with Adrian (Bott) and the owners beforehand so we'll see how he comes through the run and go from there.
"He's such a talented colt. He is such a beautiful horse and he's got a lovely turn of foot."
Thinkin' Big is 999/1 on a win and each way bet to win the Melbourne Cup with Magic Circle 11/2.
Following some slow sectionals midrace, jockey Tim Clark upped the ante approaching the home turn and Thinkin' Big maintained his gallop in the straight, drawing away to score by three lengths.
The Mike Moroney-trained Chapada finished second ahead of Sikorsky. Favourite Extra Brut was never a winning chance and finished six lengths from the winner in sixth spot.
"He's a lovely horse, he is easy to do anything with and just push button to ride," Clark said.
"That was his first go around Caulfield and he handled it really well. I was saying before the race to Gai and the owners that his greatest attribute is his attitude, he wants to work with you."
Thinkin' Big is 999/1 to win the Cox Plate next weekend with Winx 1/4 and Humidor 25/1.
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