The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

A TRACK gal­lop last month be­tween races at Rand­wick told pun­ters Just Thinkin’ was a horse to fol­low this spring but he flew un­der the radar be­cause it was a sta­ble­mate most were fo­cused on.

The So You Think three­year-old went around with Group 3 win­ner Belle­vue Hill and, when the sprinter ap­peared to be out­classed, a lot of form stu­dents were wor­ried more about how he’d come up rather than how well the stayer re­turned.

“Peo­ple prob­a­bly thought Belle­vue Hill wasn’t go­ing that well as op­posed to him go­ing that good,” co-trainer Adrian Bott said.

“He’s a qual­ity horse, we know that. He (Just Thinkin’) didn’t do him­self jus­tice in his first cam­paign and a lot of peo­ple prob­a­bly judged him on his per­for­mances then but he’s re­turned a dif­fer­ent horse af­ter be­ing gelded.

“He’s got a great men­tal at­ti­tude and he’s changed shape. He’ll clean up a bit in his coat so there’s phys­i­cal improvemen­t ahead.”

Just Thinkin’ did what many Gai Water­house horses have done over the years and con­trolled the Dulcify Stakes (1500m) from the front yesterday at Rose­hill as he fought off Sube­dar to win by half a length.

He’ll head to the Gloam­ing Stakes (1800m) then the Group 1 Spring Cham­pion Stakes (2000m).

“We backed him know­ing if it was tough, he’d re­spond late,” Bott said. “It was a strong per­for­mance. He re­sponded well un­der pres­sure.

“The Spring Cham­pion Stakes is a lovely target for him and I love the way he shows tac­ti­cal speed over the shorter trips. He’ll get over fur­ther be­cause he’s got plenty of stamina.”

Mean­while, Richard Litt wasn’t com­mit­ting to any­thing with Cham­pagne Stakes win­ner Castelvec­chio af­ter he ran fourth.

Castelvec­chio will ei­ther be taken back in trip for the Golden Rose (1400m) in a fort­night or fol­low Just Thinkin’ to­wards the Gloam­ing and Spring Cham­pion Stakes.

“The run was good against the bias and he’s got big­ger fish to fry,” Litt said.

The other eye-catch­ing run was Shadow Hero (third).

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