Nothing happens by chance in the thoroughbred industry. Results are hard earned.


Think Big Stud Pty Ltd's owner Dato Tan Chin Nam is well versed in the thrill of racetrack success and it is a feeling Dato Tan and Think Big Stud wants all of its partners to experience. After all, his long held mantra is to share the joy.


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A Life So Full And Rich

It is with heavy heart and great sadness we have to announce the passing of Dato’ Tan Chin Nam late yesterday evening in Kuala Lumpur. Known to so many people, rich and poor, famous and infamous he left his mark.

Dato’ was an enormously successful businessman, he created a dynasty and leaves behind an extensive family to continue his legacy of work and life. Buildings he has created adorn many cities in the world and will remain as monuments to the great man. He was of course a very successful racehorse owner and passes away on the eve of his beloved Cox Plate & Melbourne Cup races. He leaves behind numerous horses and a stud farm in his memory. He was an unheralded philanthropist and not least of all he was a friend.

Hundreds Of Thousands

While the five and six figure fee stallions hold the attention carnival time our budget stallion Pendragon went about his business as usual this past weekend 22/23 Sept. His son Killarney Kid racked up his 14th career win pushing his earnings over $500,000 while Budderoo Knight won his 7th race and $160,000 in earnings also. Already the earner of over $150,000 Colour Of Money chalked up another metro placing. Other progeny Beaudragon & Our Dragon ran placings while $700,000 purchase Miss Gunpowder was unplaced this time, but she did take on the big guns in the Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes having herself previously earned over $550,000 in prizemoney.  At a four figure fee of only $5,500 Pendragon is still punching during spring carnival time with multiple runners earning 100’s of thousands read more...

So You Want To Breed A Cup Winner!

Breednet - Media Release - Monday, 20 November 2017

Much has been written about the difficulties of buying or breeding the winner of one of our iconic Cup races here in Australia, but this stud believes they have the answer.

Now standing at Brisbane Meadows on the Southern Highlands, Pendragon is a proven sire of iconic Cup winners having sired Mercurial Lad to win the time honoured Snake Gully Cup at Gundagai last week, Alfred the Great to win the Bong Bong Cup for James Cummings last year and Colour of Money to win it the year before for Cummings in 2015. read more...


While the big gun stallions and their lesser regarded peers produced a nation full of runners, $5,500 fee Pendragon played his part in Cup week. From Derby day to Emirates day he sired 4 winners, 4 place getters and the promising lightly raced stakes getter Sky Boy who was placed in the Sepplet Wine Stakes Listed on Oaks Day. The latter Sky Boy won his second of four career starts the previous week at Canterbury which prompted the quick back up at Flemington. Bargain hunters can source Pendragon at Fiona Mylans Brisbane Meadows Stud in the Southern Highlands before the season is over on 0434 634 438 or November born foals continue to excel in Cup week including Pinot (Oaks), Merchant Navy (Coolmore), Lulvaluva (Wakeful) as had our former champion So You Think (born 10th November). read more...


The former beer salesman training horses for Dato

Story by Ben Dorries - Racenet - 04 Jul 2017

Former beer salesman Chris Anderson has to pinch himself he is training horses for Dato Tan Chin Nam in the famous colours carried by champions like Saintly and So You Think. Trainer Chris Anderson - from beer salesman to training horses for Dato Tan Chim Nam. The up-and-coming Brisbane trainer started with just one leased horse five years ago and before that had worked as a beer brand manager.

Anderson built business from virtually nothing to the point where he had his first Stakes winner with Elegant Composure at Eagle Farm last November. But he has been blown away by the support he has received from Dato Tan Chin Nam, the Malaysian-born billionaire global property magnate. Anderson trains three horses for Dato Tan Chin Nam's Think Big Stud, including Datuk Zadragon which won at Doomben last Wednesday. And he will race Colour Of Money in the 2040m Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.

"I honestly can't believe I am training horses for Dato which run in the most famous racing colours in Australia," Anderson said. '"It came about because I've been taking visitor's horses into my stables for the last four or five years during Queensland winter carnival time. "Bart Cummings was bringing up horses and then his grandson James has stayed with me. "From there I got to know Duncan Ramage, who runs Dato's racing business in Australia.

"I went to the Inglis Yearling Sales at Easter and bought a couple of horses from the Think Big draft and things kind of snowballed from there." Anderson has only had Colour Of Money for one start since the horse came north from James Cummings' stable. The Pendragon gelding ran a creditable fourth at Ipswich over 1666m but Anderson thinks he will be much better suited getting out over more ground at Doomben on Saturday. Anderson has another of Dato Tan Chin Nam's horses, Subsolar, entered for a 1600m Class Three Handicap at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.


Miss Gunpowder (pictured as a yearling)

Miss Gunpowder (pictured as a yearling)

Pendragon mare Miss Gunpowder made a fighting victory in Saturday's $100,000 Listed Makers Mark Hinkler Handicap (1200m) at Doomben.

With a little over half a length covering the first five across the line, it was Miss Gunpowder scoring by a short half-head from Too Good To Refuse with Jimmy Rea (Thewayyouare) a head back in third.

Ridden by Craig Williams for the Lindsay Park team Miss Gunpowder won the 2015 Group II Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield when trained by Phillip Stokes.



15 April 2017

Paul Jones had double the reason to smile at Randwick on Saturday as Mercurial Lad (by Pendragon) not only won but he also went straight.

The untapped three-year-old ran off the track at his past two starts at Canberra and Goulburn and still won but many felt his wayward tendencies would hinder his prospects in Saturday’s TAB Highway Handicap (1200m).

But the addition of a near-side blinker and pacifiers did the trick as Mercurial Lad went straight as a die down the Randwick straight to win by one length.



17 March 2017

This talented daughter of So You Think carried the same colours as her sire when racing to an easy victory at Newcastle on Friday.

Prepared by James Cummings, three year-old filly Mull Over opened her account at her third start when bolting away to win by three lengths over 1600 metres.

Entered for the Group I ATC Australian Oaks on April 8, Mull Over will seek to get there via the Group III ATC Adrian Knox Stakes and certainly has the pedigree for an Oaks engagement.



16 February 2017

Smart Think Big Stud bred 3yo filly, Mega Mall (Pendragon x So Sydney) has notched up back to back wins in Class record time when winning the Fillies & Mares Class 2 Handicap over 1350m at Newcastle this afternoon.

After jumping well from the gates for jockey, Glyn Schofield, she settled midfield and was called upon as the field rounded the home turn, peeling to the outside and sprinting away from the field at the 200m to score a very impressive win by 1.8lengths over Pinchme with Fleeteor finishing third. 



10 February 2017

The famous colours of Dato Tan Chin Nam were carried to glory by champion racehorse So You Think and the highly talented Eurozone, so it's not surprising to see their offspring in the Think Big Stud draft for the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.



16 December 2016

"Saintly, the horse from heaven, has gone home. He gave us so much," Anthony Cummings tweeted.

Saintly lived out his retirement years at the Cummings family property at Princes Farm, at the foot of the Blue Mountains on the banks of the Nepean River.

Trained by the late Bart Cummings, Saintly was crowned 1997 Australian Horse of the Year for his racetrack deeds during the 1996/97 season which included wins in the 1996 Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.



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