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Clear Thinking defies the odds to remain undefeated

An incredible victory at Randwick has put Clear Thinking in the frame for The Kosciuszko.

CLEAR THINKING winning the TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP at Randwick in Australia.
CLEAR THINKING winning the TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP at Randwick in Australia. Picture: Steve Hart

Paul Messara doesn't know where Clear Thinking's ceiling is, but he is looking forward to finding out after the up-and-coming mare lit up Randwick with a breathtaking Highway Handicap win.

Clear Thinking slipped at the start and had to muster quickly to find a position midfield, forcing apprentice Zac Lloyd to Plan B.

He got the four-year-old into a beautiful rhythm but was faced with a traffic jam of horses as the big field swung for home, finally edging into a narrow gap near the 150m as Messara resigned himself to watching his charge run an eye-catching second or third.

But Clear Thinking ($2.10 fav) motored, finishing fast enough to overhaul Tanglewood ($9.50) by a half-neck with Lisztomania ($21) another long neck away third, much to Lloyd's relief.

"Saved by a nice horse," Lloyd said.

"You wouldn't have found a slower run race, but she settled really 'good' despite the slow speed.

"At the hundred metres, I thought we had no chance - I don't know how she won."

Nor did Messara, who said he was only able to judge Clear Thinking off race day performances because she was such a relaxed horse at home.

But having made the successful transition to Highway Handicap (1200m) grade at just her third start, Messara is hoping she has done enough to attract a slot in the $2 million Kosciuszko (1200m) in October.

"She's a filly with a big future. You can't do more than win three from three, so we will find out where the ceiling is probably next preparation," Messara said.

"She's a horse that doesn't do a hell of a lot at home on the tracks. People ask me, 'how good is she' and I really don't know because what you see out here is where she puts in and on the racetrack she is a very relaxed horse.

"We will give her a break now and probably go to the Kosciuszko if that's an option."

Bred to Northern Hemisphere time by the late Queen Elizabeth II, Clear Thinking is by top stallion Dubawi out of Arrowfield-bred Australian Group 1 winner Sweet Idea.

Put up for sale as part of a breeding and stock dispersal following the Queen's death, Clear Thinking was purchased by Arrowfield for their broodmare band, but she spelled so well in Australia she was given her chance on the racetrack.

Her feats to date have convinced connections to put the mare's breeding career on the backburner, at least for now.

Clear Thinking has firmed into an $8 second pick for The Kosciuszko following Saturday's Randwick performance, behind only $4.50 favourite and defending titleholder Front Page.


Racing and Sports

Randwick

Saturday, 06th July 2024

4
ET

TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP

Age: 3yo and up WT: 119lbs Type: CL3
6 f TURF HEAVY
4

(local)
AUD $120,000
6 f HEAVY

TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP

Age: 3yo and up WT: 119lbs Type: CL3


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 10. CLEAR THINKING (GB) 4yo F
DUBAWI (IRE) - SWEET IDEA (AUS)
ZAC LLOYD
PAUL MESSARA & LEAH GAVRANICH
$2.1
56kg
Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd (Mgr: J M Messara) & Hermitage (Mgr: Ms S M Clarke)
2nd 1. TANGLEWOOD (AUS) 4yo G
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - VINCERE LASS (AUS)
MADELINE OWEN
TODD HOWLETT
$9.5
58kg
R A Dillon, T S Howlett, D E Dalton, Mrs C M Dalton, K D Adamson & Mrs A R Adamson
3rd 2. LISZTOMANIA (AUS) 5yo G
DREAM AHEAD (USA) - KALAHARI PRINCESS (AUS)
ASHLEY MORGAN
TODD PAYNE
$21
59.5kg
M G W Taylor

Sales Information

4th 18. CUMNOCK (AUS) 4yo G
OUTREACH (AUS) - COASTERS (AUS)
ALYSHA COLLETT
BRETT THOMPSON
$101
54kg
5th 3. NIPOTINO (AUS) 4yo G
SNITZEL (AUS) - NIETA (AUS)
HANNAH WILLIAMS
DANIELLE SEIB
$7
56.5kg

Sales Information

6th 4. SCOPICS (AUS) 4yo G
DIVINE PROPHET (AUS) - CATHY'S MARK (AUS)
CHELSEA HILLIER
DEAN MIRFIN
$26
55kg

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7th 7. SIR MING (AUS) 4yo G
SHALAA (IRE) - DAME PATTIE (AUS)
TYLER SCHILLER
DANIELLE SEIB
$13
57.5kg

Sales Information

8th 13. IDA'S RULES (NZ) 4yo M
PRESS STATEMENT (AUS) - ISLAND BAY GIRL (NZ)
OLIVIA CHAMBERS
DEAN MIRFIN
$51
51.5kg
9th 8. EXTRA FLASH (AUS) 6yo G
MOONLARK (USA) - ORIENTAL SMILE (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
BRETT THOMPSON
$31
57kg
10th 5. SYRIAN STAR (AUS) 4yo M
STRATUM STAR (AUS) - APAMENE (AUS)
REECE JONES
RODNEY NORTHAM
$16
57.5kg
11th 17. MIDNIGHT DREAM (AUS) 5yo G
YOUR SONG (AUS) - DREAMLIKE (AUS)
JAY FORD
PAUL CLISBY
$101
54kg

Sales Information

12th 20. STARLIGHT GIRL (AUS) 3yo F
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - FAUSTINE (AUS)
QUAYDE KROGH
MATTHEW KELLEY
$26
56.5kg

Sales Information

13th 11. TAI LUNG (AUS) 5yo G
FIGHTING SUN (AUS) - BAD KITTY (AUS)
SAM CLIPPERTON
TERRY ROBINSON
$26
56kg

Sales Information

14th 15. FULD'S DOUBT (AUS) 3yo F
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - FULD'S BET (AUS)
JETT STANLEY
RODNEY NORTHAM
$18
52kg

Sales Information

15th 21. SUNCHYME (AUS) 4yo M
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - SOLAR CRY (AUS)
NASH RAWILLER
KEITH DRYDEN
$31
57kg

Sales Information

16th 14. BJORN IRONSIDE (AUS) 4yo G
REAL IMPACT (JPN) - BATTLE QUEEN (AUS)
ZAC WADICK
COLT PROSSER
$51
51.5kg

Sales Information