Second-up this time in off the back of a pleasing run over 1300 three weeks back at Bendigo, the Danny O’Brien-trained Blue Sky Bloodstock yearling purchase GENERAL JAMES appreciated the step up to the mile at Cranbourne on Sunday.
Contesting Race 6: Cranbourne Hyundai (1600m), the James Winks ridden four-year-old settled handy in run, going forward to be only a few lengths from the leaders in sixth.
In between runners and needing some luck, jockey James Winks urged the Savabeel gelding off the heels of those in front, and when they rounded the corner, he came to the outside to start his challenge.
While the first three were at each other over the final 100m, General James swept past them with ease to record an emphatic victory, clearly highlighting himself as a galloper with plenty of potential.
Purchased from the 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale by trainer Danny O’Brien and Blue Sky Bloodstock from the draft of Waikato Stud, General James’ pedigree suggest he will appreciate further than the 1600m of Sunday’s win as his dam is a sister to the HK-Group 2 Derby Trial winner Unique Jewellery, while his immediate family includes Group 1 Australasian Oaks winner Marju Snip, dual Listed winner Kingdoms, also a runner up in the Group 1 Metropolitan and Group 1 ATC Derby as well as the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks winner Candide.
When stepped up in trip last time in, he just didn’t appear to have a lot of luck, and now that he has matured further during his break, we are really looking forward to getting him back over 2000m and further.
Earlier on the same race card, another of our New Zealand Bloodstock yearling purchases made their debut.
From the draft of Trelawney Stud, Rip Van Winkle three-year-old GERVAIS produced a very encouraging effort first time out to finish third over 1200m, beaten under three lengths, when continuing to work to the line.
Bred to also appreciate further, being a half-brother to Group 3 Queen’s Cup winner Gondorff and the Listed-winning, Group 1 New Zealand Oaks fourth placed Princess Annalise, Gervais' (pictured above as a yearling) third placing in the Patterson Cheney Isuzu Maiden had all connections excited for his future prospects.
Congratulations to the connections of both General James and Gervias on very encouraging runs on Sunday.