“Being a small breeder it is something you dream of, to have a group 1 winner.
“I could have never dreamed of winning a Doncaster with a horse like Happy Clapper and having another shot at group 1s with a horse like Not A Single Cent.”
Busking died last year but not before leaving Thomas with a couple of horses to follow in Happy Clappers hoofprints. Thomas said the family was somewhat hidden with a couple of others out of Busking never reaching their full potential.
Gig was group 2 placed and sold for $190,000 at the Inglis Chairman's sale, but Thomas has been fortunate to have the best of the family, which has also included Thankgodyou'rehere.
Not A Single Cent is the second-last foal from Busking and there is a yearling brother on the ground but unfortunately for Thomas there is no mare to continue the female line.
If Not A Single Cent can produce his best on Saturday, there might be a stallion in the family.
“It always helps any colt if they can perform as a two-year-old on their way to becoming a stallion,” Thomas said. “We had On The Fiddle and he was a nice horse but we retired him after a couple of wins, and Big Henry, which is Happy Clappers brother, we are taking along slowly.
"Not A Single Cent has been able to do it as a two-year-old, which is interesting because the family gets better as they get older."
Thomas owns Not A Single Cent as part of a syndicate and hopes he can get a clear crack at them in the straight in the Champagne Stakes after being one of a number of unlucky horses in the Sires a fortnight ago.
“He is a horse that needs time to build up his momentum and never got it in the Sires,” Thomas said. “You look at the film and think he was stiff but when you look at it again and you see that there were a lot of them in the same boat.