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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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 MAKERS HER MARK
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.
MERCURIAL LAD DITCHES WAYWARD TENDENCIES TO TRIUMPH IN TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP
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.
MULL OVER OPENS HER ACCOUNT IN STYLE
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.
MEGA MALL GOES BACK TO BACK
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.
EXCEPTIONAL RACEHORSES MAKE EXCEPTIONAL SIRES
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.
MELBOURNE CUP CHAMP SAINTLY DIES AGED 24
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.