Sire: So You Think
Dam: Valid Contract
Trainer: Henry Dwyer
Foal Date: 03/09/2019
RACE A FILLY BY SO YOU THINK
Associated Bloodstock’s first public offer
Mark Greenup from Associated Bloodstock and Henry Dwyer selected this filly out of the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale in January, both men thought the filly could develop into a lovely three-year-old that could be suited over distances from 1300 m. to 1600 m.
The brown filly is medium sized, displayed a casual attitude during the sales preparation with those qualities contributing to Mark retaining a 10% share in the filly.
The yearling’s sire, So You Think came to prominence at only his fifth career start in 2009 as a three-year-old winning Australia’s premier weight-for-age race the W S Cox Plate (2040 m.). The brown / bay son of High Chaparral out of Triassic, then won the race a second time the following season at just his tenth career start in 2010. By that stage So You Think was the most popular galloper in Australia, starting favourite in the 150th running of the VRC’s Melbourne Cup, after a three-and-a-quarter length win in the Club’s Group 1 MacKinnon Stakes (2000 m.) some three-days earlier, the good-looking athletic horse finished third behind Americain.
Trained by Australian Hall of Fame member Bart Cummings, So You Think won five races at the highest level under his guidance, after the horses’ gallant effort in the 2010 Melbourne Cup connections were made an offer that was too good to be turned down and the horses ownership transferred to Coolmore Stud. The breeding empire then sent the four-year-old to their northern hemisphere stable to join the team under their retained trainer, Aidan O’Brien at careers end the son of High Chaparral had recorded many accolades including Champion 3YO Colt & Older Miler in Australia at seasons end 2009-10 & 2010-11 and Ireland’s Champion Older Horse in 2011 & 2012 and was inducted into the Australian Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2019.
Not enough? Valid Contract retired to stud with more than $164,000 in earnings after recording wins as a two-year-old, three-year-old, and four-year-old seasons from 22 runs.
Valid Contract is out of the 2000 Listed Angst Handicap (1400 m.) winner Prenuptial (by Take Your Partner) and is one of the mares five winners. Prenuptial is in-turn out of the stake’s winner Deal (by Yeats) a sister to the Group 3 Hong Kong International Bowl winner Winning Partners (raced in Australia as In The Cards) as well as a half-sister to Moonah Brooke (by Kingdom Bay) winner of the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby.
Valid Contract’s first live foal by Hinchinbrook, now three-years-old has been subsequently named Brook’s Girl and owns a record of three placings from 12-starts. The chestnut’s bay daughter by More Than Ready turned two on August 1st, 2020.
This syndicate will be managed by Mark Greenup from Associated Bloodstock.
Although Henry Dwyer didn’t follow the conventional path in establishing himself as a trainer, it only took Dwyer a few seasons to established himself in the highly competitive Victorian training ranks.
Henry’s passion for the thoroughbred industry became evident from the tender age of eight and it has only strengthened in recent years’ which has bought him into the privileged position of being able to do a job he loves, every day of the week.
Dwyer has established a viable and sustainable business while providing an enjoyable ‘racing’ experience to like-minded individuals. Henry places a lot of weight on honesty, integrity, and transparency in all his business and personal dealings, plus Dwyer owns a strong work ethic with a single-minded dedication to succeed.
Dwyer completed his secondary education at Xavier College, before commencing a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts degree at The University of Melbourne and while living on campus at Newman College he identified a part-time job was required to support his studies and begun working in the stables at Flemington, before his classes commenced, building on his lifelong love affair with the thoroughbred.
After graduating from University, Henry moved to Euroa in north-eastern Victoria and spent a year at Ealing Park Stud learning about where the journey begins for thoroughbreds and build on his knowledge base. Henry completed his advanced diploma in Horse Business Management at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong, graduating at a High Distinction level.
Not long after he was appointed stable foreman for Robert Smerdon working his way up to Assistant Trainer for Smerdon, one of the Aquanita group, from his stables at Caulfield, a post he held for four years. In 2011, Dwyer then accepted an offer to move as Assistant Trainer to Robert Hickmont private trainer for Lloyd Williams at Macedon Lodge. It was at Macedon Lodge, where Dwyer was exposed to another style of training and he was fortunate enough to be involved in Green Moon’s 2012 Melbourne Cup victory.
That experience whetted Henry’s appetite for an overseas jaunt, so in 2013 he travelled to Dubai, Newmarket, Chantilly, The Curragh, Ballydoyle and Hong Kong. Henry spent time with John Oxx (The Curragh, Ireland) and Criquette Head (Chantilly, France) returning home mid-2013.
In a short space of time, Henry has begun making his mark in the competitive Victorian training market from his stables at Caulfield and in Ballarat.
Dwyer has built on the early success when he advised clients to buy Sonntag (by Teofilo) at a ‘tried racehorse’ sale. Dwyer was able to get the chestnut ‘happy and well’ to win the Listed Sale Cup on route to his first Group 1 victory in 2014 the Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm during his second season of training. Two-years later Dwyer added another Group 1 win to his ‘resume’ when Precious Gem (by Econsul) won the Robert Sangster Stakes (1200 m.) at Morphettville in May.
The share price is inclusive of agistment, farrier along with other incidental costs until March 31st, 2021. The breaking-in fee with Brad Pearson along with a 12-month insurance policy with Logan Livestock in addition to the transport to Rosemont Stud, the Magic Millions Race Series nomination fee are all included. Associated Bloodstock will ensure the QTIS bonus scheme is paid, when due, as well as Racing Australia’s Horse Racing Syndicate costs too.
Associated Bloodstock will manage the syndicate on behalf of the owners and charge an annual management fee of $220.00 (inc. GST) billable from March 1st, 2022 and have estimated the upkeep cost of a two-percent (2%) share when the filly is in training to be $88.00 (inc. GST) per month – that’s approximately $21.00 a-week!