Think About It’s stunning winning sequence has continued at Randwick, with the exciting sprinter beating a stellar field in a thrilling finish to the $20 million The Everest.
- The Everest was won by race favourite Think About It
- Think About It has won nine races in a row, with an overall record of 11 victories from 12 career starts
- Jockey Sam Clipperton has been aboard for all nine consecutive wins
On a memorable day for trainer Joe Pride, who prepared the first and third placegetters in the world’s richest race on turf, Think About It sat just behind the leaders in Saturday’s 1,200m showpiece before making his winning run in the straight.
Under jockey Sam Clipperton, $4.40 favourite Think About It moved up to surge to the lead inside the final 200m and was able to withstand a late charge by second favourite I Wish I Win ($5) to beat him by a long neck.
Think About It’s stablemate Private Eye finished another neck away in third after racing three wide.
By winning Australia’s richest thoroughbred race, Think About It extended his current winning streak to nine races and took his overall record to 11 victories from 12 career starts.
Pride was confident he had his pair of sprinters spot on going into Saturday’s race and was thrilled to land the biggest success of his career as a trainer, having had Eduardo finish third in The Everest two years ago and Private Eye place second last year.
“That is unbelievable,” Pride said.
“They both ran terrific. I was pretty confident coming into the race that not only my two would run well, but Peter Moody’s [I Wish I Win] was the only danger.
“It doesn’t really matter at the end, but I thought they were the three, and sure enough they fought it out.”
Clipperton has been aboard Think About It for his nine-consecutive wins, which included the Group One Kingsford Smith Cup and Stradbroke Handicap in Queensland.
He said he was blown away by The Everest victory.
“I’m just so privileged to be in a position of riding this horse,” Clipperton said.
“I had my apprenticeship here at Randwick with Ron Quinton and I know every blade of grass at this joint.
“If you had have told me when I started that I was going to win an Everest, well The Everest didn’t exist and now it’s exploded into one of the most incredible races in the world.
“I’m just incredibly proud.”
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