So You Think Winner Impresses
Tara Madgwick - Thursday, 3 August 2017
Injury and bad luck have restricted the career of So You Think four year-old Reata to just two starts before today, but he showed with this dominant win at Pakenham that the tide may be turning at last.

Reata surged home from back in the field to win the 1200 metre maiden running away.

Reata as a yearlingPrepared by Robbie Laing, Reata was shaping up as a potential Derby colt last spring before knocking his leg in a trial which resulted in the formation of a nasty splint below his knee.

As a result he spent most of last season in the paddock before returning to make his debut with a strong finishing third at Cranbourne on April 28.

Sent to Caulfield for his next start on May 13, Reata finished a bad last, but there were valid excuses for the poor showing.

"The win today didn't surprise us, he's always shown that sort of ability," said Robbie Laing.

"He was poleaxed at Caulfield before the home turn and nearly went over the fence. He wrenched his joint and was lame afterwards, so has been away from the races since then.

"We thought he was a Derby colt as a two year-old. When he gets up to 2000 metres, I think we'll have a decent horse."

Laing has already had success with So You Think, training his Group I placed colt So Si Bon, who has won over $230,000 in prizemoney.

A $160,000 Magic Millions purchase for his trainer from the Coolmore draft, Reata is the second winner from good metropolitan winner Dantibes Rhythm.

Reata is the first winner of the new season for champion racehorse So You Think, who has several bright prospects already warming up for spring in D'Argento and Calculated.

Race 1 - XXXX Gold Mdn Plate - 1200m
Class: Maiden. Track: Synthetic. Time: 1:12.97.
Prizemoney: $25,000 - 1st: $13,750 2nd: $4,250 3rd: $2,000.
 1   Reata T: R E Laing J: A Lynch

4h   So You Think (NZ) x Dantibes Rhythm (Dantibes )
 Lot 188 2015 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor - Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains, NSW
Buyer - Robbie Laing  $160,000
 2 1.3 Choux Bacquat (NZ) T: C Maher J: L Currie
4g   Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Tranquil Flight (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ) )
 Lot 762 2015 NZB Select Yearling Sale
Vendor - Rich Hill Stud
Buyer - First Light Racing/Paul Willetts   $45,000
 3 2.3 Royal Volley T: J W Price J: L Nolen
4g   Viscount x Evert (Belong To Me (USA) )
Not Offered
 4 3.2 Being Dazzled T: N J Harnett J: M J Walker
5g   Kaphero x Dazzling Firebird (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA) )
 5 3.6 Isere T: Trudi Christie J: Katelyn Mallyon
4m   Statue Of Liberty (USA) x Thoressa (Hurricane Sky )
 6 3.8 Purdee Onthe Prowl T: Tim Hughes J: B Higgins
5m   Good Journey (USA) x Tigers Eyes (Tale Of The Cat (USA) )
 7 4.6 Mag Wheels T: Paul Maher J: D Moor
4m   Tough Speed (USA) x Fintona Belle (Bellotto (USA) )
 8 6.8 Arlington Way T: G Eurell J: Ms N Beriman
3g   Arlington x Sassy Guru (Tiger Hill (IRE) )
 9 8.8 Panalley (NZ) T: G W McGreal J: B Werner
5g   Edenwold (CAN) x Snapwood (NZ) (Bin Ajwaad (IRE) )
 10 38.8 Miraro T: J Leek Jnr J: Brandon Stockdale
4m   Astronomer Royal (USA) x Rainbow Reef (Elounda Bay (NZ) )
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