Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Australia's BIGGEST and Best Bookmaker!
Sign-Up to Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Watch Sky Racing FREE!
Sign-Up and watch Sky Racing For Free on Your Phone!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Steve Hart
Thinkin' Big's Gloaming Stakes win has prompted Gai Waterhouse to talk him up for the Melbourne Cup

He has a long way to go but Thinkin’ Big’s Gloaming Stakes win has prompted Gai Waterhouse to talk him up for the Melbourne Cup 2018.

No southern hemisphere-bred three-year-old has run in the Cup this century and the last one to be placed was the Waterhouse-trained Nothin’ Leica Dane in 1995.

Now training in partnership with Adrian Bott, Waterhouse believes Thinkin’ Big is the right sort of emerging stayer to make a bid for Australia’s most famous race after he led most of the way to win Saturday’s Gloaming (1800m).

“He is nominated for the Melbourne Cup,” Waterhouse said.

“He reminds me so much of Nothin’ Leica Dane and he is also in his family.”

The colt’s granddam Nothin’ Leica Ripa is by Nothin’ Leica Dane who also won the Victoria Derby, another target for Thinkin’ BIg who will next head to the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in two weeks.

With the Gloaming field reduced to five, Tim Clark eased Thinkin’ Big ($5) to the front while James McDonald had the $3 favourite Tarka on the rail.

Thinkin’ Big had plenty in hand as he hit the line 2-1/2 lengths ahead of Tarka who hit a flat spot near the turn.

“He is a really nice, imposing young colt,” Clark said.

“He’s got presence about him and has a very bright future.

“He’s got a great attitude, a good cruising speed and is a really promising young stayer.

“If something had been good enough to challenge him, he still had a fair bit there.”

Tarka’s trainer David Payne said he would put blinkers on the colt for the Spring Champion.

“He was too casual and needs blinkers now,” he said.

“He hit a flat spot but he needs to focus.”

  • Watch Live Racing for FREE! Sign-up at BetEasy HERE and Bet whilst you Watch Live Racing for FREE. Sky 1 and Sky 2!
  • BET NOW!
Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Watch: Shocking scenes as race continues despite unconscious jockey

There were some shocking scenes in a race at Nagoya on Friday as a field of runners continued to race...

Ben Currie hit with third big ban

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie’s time on the sidelines continues to grow after another three-year disqualification, taking his total punishment to...

NSW trainer banned for four years and six months

Trainer Ben Smith has been outed for 4-1/2 years after being found guilty of cobalt and conduct charges. The Group...

The gloves are off between Victoria and NSW

The gloves have come off in the battle between NSW and Victoria over the latest spring racing initiatives which include...

Melbourne Cup now worth $8 million

The Melbourne Cup has received another prize money injection, with the 2019 edition of Australia’s most famous race to be...

Winx used to embarrass Australian racing industry

In one of the most disrespectful, extraordinarily inaccurate headlines ever sent to print, The Guardian Newspaper in England has slammed...

G1 placegetter dies at trackwork

Group One placegetter Libran has sadly died in a trackwork accident on Tuesday in preparation for his run in the...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.