One to Watch – Ballarat
Tara Madgwick - Tuesday, 7 March 2017
A half-sister to Caulfield Cup queen Southern Speed by Australia’s leading second season sire So You Think has Oaks filly written all over her!.

Think Like a Bird as a foal in 2013 at ArrowfieldPrepared by Team Hawkes, Think Like a Bird produced an outstanding effort to shake off maiden status at her third start at Ballarat on Tuesday.

Fourth on debut back in October in Sydney, Think Like a Bird was second at Newcastle when resuming from a spell before being sent south.

She travelled smoothly behind the leaders for Dwayne Dunn, but was held up and forced to change course when the business end of the race came into play.

As soon as she had clear running, Think Like a Bird lengthened stride to run down the leader and race favourite Thunder Cloud to win by a neck running away with more than four lengths back to the third horse.

It was an eye-catching win for a filly that is nominated for the Group I ATC Australian Oaks (2400m) and Group I ATC Coolmore Legacy (1600m) over The Championships week.

Retained to race by her breeder Rob Crosby, Think Like a Bird is the seventh winner from placed Zabeel mare Golden Eagle, best known as the dam of $2.8 millione arner and Group I MRC Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed.

It’s also the family of Golden Slipper winner Ha Ha and Group I ATC Champagne Stakes winner Go Indy Go.

Think Like a Bird continues a great run for her sire So You Think, who has marched up the Australian Second Season sires list to take the lead with progeny earnings now topping $2.1 million.

Race 4 - C.E. Bartlett Mdn Plate - 1600m
Class: Maiden. Track: Good(4). Time: 1:42.47.
Prizemoney: $23,000 - 1st: $12,650 2nd: $3,910 3rd: $1,840.
 1   Think Like A Bird T: M, W and J Hawkes J: D Dunn

3f   So You Think (NZ) x Golden Eagle (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ) )
Not Offered
 2 0.3 Thunder Cloud T: D K Weir J: Damian Lane
3g   Manhattan Rain x Astral Flower (GB) (Kalanisi (IRE) )
Not Offered
 3 4.6 Al I Am T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Beau Mertens
3g   Al Maher x Junk In The Trunk (Shinko Forest (IRE) )
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 4 5.8 Sirius Affair T: P A Healey J: B Higgins
4m   Star Witness x Liaisons (Viscount )
 5 6.0 Willing Accomplice T: D T O'Brien J: Ben Thompson
4g   High Chaparral (IRE) x Crimson Dawn (GB) (Fasliyev (USA) )
 6 7.7 Darken Up (NZ) T: Wayne Walters J: Ms K Walters
4m   Perfectly Ready x Light Majesty (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ) )
 7 8.1 Hegemon T: A O Diggins J: D W Stackhouse
3g   Daliapour (IRE) x Cappy (Arena )
 8 10.1 Snowboarder T: G A Osborne J: Ms L J Meech
4m   Mint Lane (USA) x Snow Maker (Timber Country (USA) )
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