Helen Thomas

thomas-helen-horse-bart-cvr-loresThe Horse that Bart Built

As a youngster, So You Think caught the eye of Australia’s legendary trainer Bart Cummings. He liked the future he saw in his gangly frame, and So You Think soon captivated Australasia with his brilliance, strength and rockstar good looks.

At just his fifth race start, he led all the way to win the prestigious W. S. Cox Plate. A year later, he became the only horse to win the race as a three- and four-year-old. So You Think was so good, in fact, the racing world took notice — with breeding giant Coolmore eventually making an offer too big to refuse.

But in a move that stunned his fans, the sale saw the horse transferred from Bart’s stable in Melbourne to Aidan O’Brien’s famous yard in Ireland. Now retired to stud, he is the most successful Australasian thoroughbred to grace the international stage, racing in six different countries for a final tally often Group One victories, five in each hemisphere. But wherever he goes, and whatever he achieves as a stallion, So You Think will always be the horse that Bart built.

Life With Rosie

Life with Rosie charts the blossoming of a young thoroughbred — and Helen’s rite of passage as one of thousands of owners across Australia hoping that all the hard work, and just a little bit of luck, will lead her horse to racetrack success.

Prior work

Helen’s great passion is for horses and racing and this has spawned a number of highly successful and entertaining books on the subject.

Past the Post: What Great Horses do When they Leave the Race Track – ABC Books 2004.

A Horse Called Mighty – Random House 2007.

42 Days at the Races – Allen and Unwin 2008.


Helen Thomas has worked as a journalist for more than thirty years in both radio and print, and is an experienced presenter and producer. She is the manager of ABC NewsRadio as well as being a thoroughbred horse breeder and racehorse owner.