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.
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.
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