The legend continued with Bart Cummings’ superstar So You Think today who won one of the major Victoria Derby Day showdowns at Flemington, beating a crack field in the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
The red hot favourite, So You Think was simply magnificent continuing his commanding spring record with his fifth win from as many starts this season.
Backing up from his second successive Cox Plate win, So You Think was far too good for his rivals in the Mackinnon today, possibly his most telling performance.
Jockey Steven Arnold settled So You Think beautifully, the son of High Chaparral poised in fourth as Descarado and Ginga Dude ran to the lead early.
So You Think moved up with great purpose taking to the front with 200m to go, pulling away with ease after Arnold let him go and striding to a comprehensive three length victory.
In a sensational staying performance by Kiwi galloper Ginga Dude, the Graeme Boyd-trained gelding hung on to finish third behind Caulfield Cup winner, pacesetter and runner-up Descarado.
So You Think has now won eight of his 11 career starts, today’s prize money pushing his total career earnings to over $5 million.
No doubts that So You Think will now surpass Shocking in the Melbourne Cup odds, and possibly start as the shortest Melbourne Cup favourite in history since the mighty Phar Lap.
Next up is the race punters and racing fans have been waiting for, Race 6 – the $1.5million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).
There’s still time to get your bets down on the Derby for 2010, so head to Luxbet now and ensure you get the hottest price on your favourites!
2010 Mackinnon Stakes Finishing Order & Results
|1st||6||SO YOU THINK(8)||Steven Arnold||Bart Cummings||58.0||2-4.92|
|2nd||7||DESCARADO(5)||Nash Rawiller||Gai Waterhouse||58.0||3.8L|
|3rd||4||GINGA DUDE(10)||Michael Walker||Graeme Boyd||59.0||5.3L|
|4th||8||SHOOT OUT(2)||Corey Brown||John Wallace||58.0||5.4L|
|5th||11||RED COLOSSUS(6)||Chris Symons||Greg Eurell||58.0||6.6L|
|6th||1||SHOCKING(11)||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh||59.0||7.4L|
|7th||5||RAINBOW STYLING(3)||Luke Nolen||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||59.0||8.4L|
|8th||10||TRUSTING(12)||Jim Cassidy||John P Thompson||58.0||8.8L|
|9th||12||FAINT PERFUME(9)||James Winks||Bart Cummings||56.0||12.0L|
|10th||9||KIDNAPPED(4)||Kerrin McEvoy||Peter Snowden||58.0||12.1L|
|11th||2||METAL BENDER(1)||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller||59.0||12.5L|
|12th||3||C’EST LA GUERRE(7)||Dwayne Dunn||Robert Hickmott||59.0||37.5L|