Queensland sojourn does the trick for So You Win

After spending over 12 months plying his trade in Queensland, the Chris Waller-trained So You Win has taken benefit from the trip north by taking out the Listed January Cup at Rosehill Gardens.

It’s been a touch of Chris Waller magic that has seen So You Win ($6) post his first stakes victory in today’s Listed January Cup at Rosehill Gardens.

The So You Think gelding has overrun Mubariz ($6) by a short neck with Attorney ($8) an ever-widening four and three quarter lengths back in third.

After starting his racing career in Sydney, Waller sent So You Win up to race in Queensland in October 2020, where he has since notched up three wins and seven placings from 14 outings up north.

Stable representative Damien Fitton explains it’s a trick the stable has had success with in the past, and has certainly helped switch the seven-year-old gelding on.

“We sent him to Queensland just to get that confidence back into him and a change of scenery,” Fitton said.

“It works really well with older geldings, then bring them back down when they’ve got that confidence and they’re in a bit better form.

“That’s pleasing to see, he’s been a very consistent gelding for the owners and the stable. It’s great to get that win on the board.”

It became a two-horse battle over the concluding stages and stablemate Mubariz looked like holding off So You Win, but the latter prevailed under strong urgings from hoop Sam Clipperton.

“At the 300m I thought Mubariz was going to keep going but then once Sam really got stuck into So You Win I could see he was going to run over the top of him. He just knows how to get to the post,” Fitton said.

“Mubariz was very game in defeat as well, he’s knocking on the door and a win won’t be too far around the corner for him.”

As to what’s next for the winner, Fitton was happy to continue on a similar path.

“We’ll just continue to find these cup races for him, like the Australia Day Cup,” Fitton said.

“Group 3, Listed that’s his level. It’s more so spacing his runs and keeping him happy and interested.”

“He’s in really good form and he’s very fresh and loving his work at home.”

Today’s victory takes So You Win’s overall record to nine wins and 14 placings from 46 starts and over $885,000 in earnings.

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