Think Big (horse)
|Breeder||Estate of L. A. Alexander|
|Owner||Dato Tan Chin Nam & Rick O'Sullivan|
|Think Big is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sarcelle by Sobig. He was born around 1970 in New Zealand, and was bred by Estate of L. A. Alexander.|
Hotham Handicap (1974)|
Melbourne Cup (1974, 1975)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Think Big (1970 - 1995) was a Thoroughbred racehorse who raced in Australia, winning the Melbourne Cup in both 1974 and 1975. Bred by the estate of the late L. A. Alexander, Think Big was purchased by Australian trainer Bart Cummings for Malaysian businessman, Dato Tan Chin Nam for $10,000 at the Trentham yearling sales in New Zealand.
Conditioned for racing by Cummings, who maintained a share in the horse, Think Big started eight times at age two, earning just one win. As a three-year-old he had fifteen starts for five wins. His third to Igloo in the Brisbane Cup was an indication of better things to come.
The popular Bart Cummings trained mare Leilani was the favourite for the 1974 Melbourne Cup but she was run down in the last fifty metres by her stablemate Think Big under jockey Harry White. The win gave Cummings his fourth Melbourne Cup win and his third quinella of the race.
Following his second last in the lead up MacKinnon Stakes, Think Big started at 33-1 in the 1975 Melbourne Cup, assigned high-weight of 58kg. He had not won a race since his victory the previous year. But at his favourite course and distance, again under jockey Harry White, he fought off a challenge from stablemate Holiday Waggon to record his second win.
A gelding, after his racing career was over Think Big lived out his days at jockey Harry White's 200-hectare farm in Gisborne near Victoria, Australia where he died and is buried. 
- Cavanough, Maurice. The Melbourne Cup (sixth edition ed.). North Sydney: Jack Pollard. pp. 392–413. ISBN 0 909950 62 8.