So Si Bon Ready To Go Back-To-Back?

Fri 20th November 2020

Enigmatic galloper So Si Bon is seeking to make it back-to-back wins in the $500,000 Ballarat Cup (2000m), after taking out the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) last week at Sandown.


Co-trainer Ben Hayes is optimistic that the son of So You Think can chalk up another win in Saturday’s feature.

“I hope he can, it would be the biggest thrill ever if he can,” Hayes said.

“He’s really come through the race really well, we’re very happy with him, I think barrier 1 for him is a great barrier.

“He’s a horse that I always say it we need to ride for luck and kind of trick him to the line and I think if he gets the right runs he’ll be travelling well and he’ll be hopefully finishing in the finish, he doesn’t often run a bad race.

“I think from barrier 1 he’ll be able to get that cover and he’ll be travelling into the bend and we’ll just need a bit of luck and if he gets it, he loves going in between horses.

“I don’t think the big weight will matter too much and he’ll hit the line well he’s a fit horse.”

The Lindsay Park team also have veteran Harlem lining up, as well as Furrion.

“I really think Harlem is going really well and he’s been racing well all spring and hopefully it’s his time,” Hayes added

“We’ve been really happy with him all spring, I think he’s really put up his runs, he ran really well in the Coongy.

“From that wide draw we might get a similar run, we’ll just see where we land.

“I’ve never seen a healthier and happier horse, he’s really been running well all prep and I think this will be a much easier race than last start when he ran into Arcadia Queen and Fifty Stars.

“He’s a tricky one he does like to settle in the first four and he is a horse that normally draws one or two, he’s been very lucky through his career, we’ve drawn a wide gate this time but it might not be a bad thing.

“I think So Si Bon he’ll probably be midfield, he often jumps quite well, so he’ll probably be midfield bit worse than midfield back.”

1So Si Bon (1)J: Damian Lane 62kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$15.00$4.50
2Harlem (13)J: Craig Williams 61.5kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$13.00$4.00
3Kings Will Dream (14)J: Michael Rodd 61.5kg T: C J Waller$11.00$3.50
4Junipal (11)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 60kg T: C Maher & D Eustace$5.50$2.15
5Al Galayel (10)J: Ben Melham 59.5kg T: C Maher & D Eustace$11.00$3.50
6Kiwia (17)J: John Allen 59.5kg T: Archie Alexander$21.00$6.00
7Pacodali (4)J: Dean Yendall 59kg T: Maddie Raymond$14.00$4.20
8Inverloch (5)J: Daniel Stackhouse 57.5kg T: T Busuttin & N Young$26.00$7.50
9Plein Ciel (3)J: Jamie Mott 56.5kg T: D T O’brien$15.00$4.50
10Affair To Remember (9)J: Mark Zahra 56kg T: Dan O’sullivan$5.50$2.15
11Odeon (6)J: Daniel Moor 56kg T: M Ellerton & S Zahra$12.00$3.80
12Our Big Mike (2)J: Jordan Childs 56kg T: Brett Scott$51.00$13.00
13Furrion (7)J: Luke Nolen 56kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$51.00$13.00
14Game Keeper (8)J: Luke Currie 56kg T: T & C Mcevoy$19.00$5.50
15Double You Tee (16)J: Billy Egan 56kg T: Patrick Payne$17.00$5.00
16Power Scheme (20)J: Jye Mcneil 56kg T: T Dabernig & B Hayes$14.00$4.20
17Irish Flame (19)J: Michael Walker 56kg T: Brett Scott$19.00$5.50
18Mongolian Marshal (18)J: Zac Spain 56kg T: S P Gower$26.00$7.50
19Knights Order (12)J: Michael Dee 56kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$17.00$5.00
20Paradee (15)J: Damien Oliver 56kg T: D T O’brien$9.00$3.00


From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.