Trainer Danny O'Brien believes So You Think's half-brother Now You Know is a stakes-class horse in the making after he led all the way for his first metropolitan win at Sandown.
The Elusive City colt was bought for $260,000 as a yearling from the Windsor Park draft at Karaka after So You Think had won the first of his two Cox Plates for master trainer Bart Cummings as a three-year-old.
So You Think, an NZ$110,000 yearling himself when purchased from the same draft a few years earlier, has gone on to prove himself one of the world's best middle-distance gallopers.
He has won eight Group 1 races in three countries and NZ$9.6 million in prize-money. "He (Now You Know) was a very nice yearling. So You Think probably wasn't as forward as him," O'Brien said.
Ridden by Craig Williams, Now You Know, backed from $8 to $6 in the Premier Signs Handicap (1400m), won by a short-head from Shanghai Warrior ($7) with favourite Dany The Fox ($2.15) two lengths away third.
"Craig was always going to be aggressive on him today and they had to chase him down as he's probably looking for a mile and a quarter (2,000m)," O'Brien said of the three-year-old, who has had been very lightly raced has now had two wins and two seconds, his other victory being in a 1600m sale maiden in October.
O'Brien said Now You Know had run his race before he got to the barriers when he started as one of the main fancies in a listed race on Oaks day, before finishing second last at the end of his last preparation. But he believes he can measure up to stakes company. "This horse isn't by High Chaparral but we think he's a stakes-class horse in the making."
Williams agreed and believes he should be effective up to 2400 metres. ''You never really know until they get there but he gives me every indication that he will run 2400 metres. He's got a bit of class about him,'' he said.
Now You Know is likely to step up to stakes grade next start in the $180,000 Gr.2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes day.
''I'd like to get him up in distance a bit now and all the better three-year-olds will be heading to the Guineas, so the Autumn Stakes should be ideal,'' O'Brien said.
Should Now You Know progress as well as O'Brien anticipates, there are plenty of options if he wants to follow a Derby path. ''We'd like to think he's going to get into a nice race but whether it's Sydney, Adelaide or Brisbane, we'll just take it race by race,'' he said.
A brother to So You Think will be offered (Lot 436) at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.