Own­ers of Derby favourite Thinkin’ Big with Cup dreams

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest trackwork times - MATHEW TOO­GOOD

CON­NEC­TIONS of the ap­pro­pri­ately named Thinkin’ Big are do­ing just that with tal­ented colt who is favoured to win the Vic­to­ria Derby.

And if suc­cess­ful in Satur­day’s $2 mil­lion Group 1 clas­sic at Flem­ing­ton, the Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott-trained colt could step out in $7.3 mil­lion Mel­bourne Cup three days later.

“We haven’t given that a huge amount of thought yet,” Bott said.

want to get through the first goal but we’ve ob­vi­ously left the op­tion open, so it will be con­sid­ered.”

No south­ern hemi­sphere three­yearold has run in the Mel­bourne Cup this cen­tury but Water­house fin­ished sec­ond 1995 with Nothin’ Le­ica Dane af­ter he won the Derby.

Le­ica Dane is Water­house’s only Vic­to­ria Derby win­ner and Thinkin’ Big has fam­ily ties to him, with the colt’s sec­ond dam Nothin’ Le­ica Ripa one of his daugh­ters.

Thinkin’ Big raced to a dom­i­nant win in the Group 3 Caulfield Clas­sic (2000m) eight days ago to ce­ment favouritism for Satur­day’s Derby (2500m).

He is cur­rently at $ 3 with Ara­mayo on the sec­ond line of bet­ting at $ 6.

“He’s come through the Caulfield race in great shape and he’s head­ing into the race as good as he can be,” Bott said.

“Hope­fully we’ve got the right horse.”

Thinkin’ Big had held a Cox Plate nom­i­na­tion but Bott said there were no re­grets about him not run­ning at Moonee Val­ley on Satur­day with the sta­ble pre­fer­ring to con­cen­trate on the Derby.

“It’s what we set out to achieve with the horse,” Bott said.

“The Derby is a pres­ti­gious race that we’d love to be able to win. He looks the right horse for it and we want to give him his chance.”

Bott is con­fi­dent Thinkin’ Big will be strong at the dis­tance.

“I think he’s had a good ground­ing lead­ing up to it,” he said.

“He’s bred see it out. Phys­i­cally I think last start was pulling away from them and strong all the way through the line.

“And ev­ery­thing that he’s shown at home has given every in­di­ca­tion he will run out a strong 2500m.”

Thinkin’ Big

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