Emirates Park shuttle sire Dream Ahead (USA) was represented by another individual domestic stakes winner when Generalissimo delivered on his black-type promise by landing the Listed ATC South Pacific Classic (1400m) on the second day of The Championships.
A wonderfully consistent 3-year-old from the first crop of the European champion sprinter, Generalissimo was already established as a Group-placegetter going in to the contest and scored a deserved maiden stakes victory at his 11th career start.
Ridden just behind the pace on settling, Generalissimo drifted further back in the field rounding the home turn and was awkwardly placed entering the straight. Angled for a rails run when asked for his final challenge, the strapping gelding produced a sustained late finishing bid to claim victory by a short head.
Generalissimo has now won four of his 11 career starts, racing in the distinctive colours of his breeder-owner Hobartville Stud. He is trained on behalf of Hobartville principal Grahame Mapp by Hawkesbury trainer Gary White, and was ridden to victory by Blake Shinn.
Shinn commented after the win: “I found him really nice to handle. Gary [White] told me he was going to give me a really lovely ride and we came here with a little bit of confidence.
“He put himself in to a nice position. I was a little bit concerned when Hussterical handed up the front… but I was able to extracate my way out approaching the turn and find that passage on the inside. Then the horse did the rest. I only just had to steer him, so it was great.”
Generalissimo follows Ken’s Dream and Awaken as the third first-crop stakes winner for Dream Ahead in Australia. Significantly, both Generalissimo and Awaken were produced by immediate daughters of Redoute’s Choice, as was the stallion’s first-crop juvenile Group placegetter Dreams Aplenty.
Connections indicated that Generalissimo will next be seen in the $200,000 Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) on his home track before going for a well-deserved spell.