Everest winner in cruise control in brilliant barrier trial

The Everest winner Think About It didn’t need to win a barrier trial to make a resounding statement he’s set to be a star turn during Sydney’s autumn carnival.

Think About It, with regular jockey Sam Clipperton in the saddle, was in cruise control as he closed strongly to be beaten a head by Team Snowden’s Don Corleone over 800m in 48.53s.

King’s Gambit, a stablemate of Don Corleone closed fast to finish a short head away third with Mazu close up fourth.

The Joe Pride-trained Think About It was having his first serious hit-out since his outstanding 2023 campaign where he won nine of his 10 starts including The Everest plus Group 1 successes in the Kingsford-Smith Cup and Stradbroke Handicap.

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It is expected Think About It will have another barrier trial before resuming in the Group 1 $750,000 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick on March 9.

Think About It is then scheduled to contest the Group 1 $1 million George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 23 before the Group 1 $4 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 6.

Pride’s Private Eye, a dual Group 1 winner and two-time The Everest placegetter, is set to return to racing at Flemington on Saturday in the Group 1 $1 million Black Caviar Lightning (1000m).

Originally published as Everest winner Think About It in cruise control in brilliant barrier trial