Trainer appreciates Rosehill-bound stable star

A good horse goes a long way in a smaller stable and trainer Kerry Parker doesn’t that for granted when he saddles up his star Think It Over.

The Kembla Grange horseman operates with a team of around 20 but Think It Over is his best and he’s hoping the progressive five-year-old can fill that role for some time.

The son of So You Think heads to Randwick for Saturday’s $500,000 Kypreos Group Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m) coming off a career best triumph in the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) a fortnight earlier.

Parker, who trained his maiden Group 1 winner in 2018 when Dark Dream claimed the Queensland Derby, believes it was a glimpse of things to come for his emerging gelding.

“It’s hard to have that quality of horse in work as a small stable so it’s nice to have him with us,” Parker said.

“He has given us a good impression from the moment we got him.

Trainer Kerry Parker at his Kembla Grange stables.Source:News Limited

“I’ve always had that high opinion and he is a lovely type of horse but he is still learning his trade.

“In against those A-graders in the Hill Stakes he battled a bit but I think he will get another chance later on.

“With his rating where it is now he has to be aiming at good quality races.”

Think It Over was racing well without winning to start his preparation before running into the likes of Kolding and Fierce Impact in the Group 2 Hill Stakes in the first week of October.

He finally broke through for a deserved black type success at his next start in the Craven Plate with jockey Glen Boss declaring ‘you don’t know where the roof is because he’s a real improving type of horse.”

Think It Over ran away with the Craven Plate earlier this month. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Parker elected to press on deeper into the spring with his talented galloper and has a tilt at the $1 million The Gong (1600m) on his radar on his home track next month.

But the trainer was keen to get through a difficult assignment on Golden Eagle day first.

Think It Over will carry the top weight of 59kg on Saturday and has drawn awkwardly in barrier 13 with Nash Rawiller aboard.

“He has had a run of nice barriers so we were entitled to get a bad one but it’s still not nice,” Parker said.

“It’s a tricky draw especially when he has gone up in the weights and is facing a soft track.

“The positives are, I know I have got a horse that is 100% and racing in top form.”

A field of 16 runners is set to line up in the Gold Cup with the John Thompson-trained Purple Sector holding favouritism at $3.80 with TAB.com.au.

Think It Over is $12.

Originally published asTrainer not taking Gold Cup contender for granted

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