Stayer THINK IT OVER (So You Think – Personal Service) at 50/1, caused the biggest upset of the day when he staved off the flying finish of the heavily backed favourite CRIADERAS (Lonhro – Youthful Presence) to win the 1300m Gr 3 Liverpool City Cup.
And in doing so, took his career earnings to $722,000 and earned at shot the Gr 1 Doncaster over 1600m in a few weeks.
Everyone on track was shocked with the speed and fight he showed under 57kg to hold out the flying Criaderas who was last coming to the home turn and who came with a flashing red light to just miss.
“I thought if they stacked up and sprinted they would be too sharp for him, but that didn’t happen today and I’m wrapped,” said trainer Kerry Parker. “They went hard and they played into my hands.
Think It Over, who won the Gr 3 Craven Plate worth $500,000 under 59kg and over 2000m when last in work and then was a great 3rd in the $1m The Gong, under 56.5kg, over 1600m now looms as a very tasty bet in the $3m Star Doncaster on 3 April.
“He’s back and that’s exciting, “ said Parker. “You never know until they do it but he’s back.
“He’s always been good first up. G. Boss with 50kg in the Doncaster Mile looks appealing to me.”
Third home was the mare ALL SAINT’S EVE (Sacred Falls – Halloween) who was back with Criaderas as they turned. She went home along the fence while he was hooked 10-wide to make his impressive charge.