His form was patchy coming into the series , however a strong third in his BC Heat at Bendigo signalled a return to form. He followed that up with a win in his semi -final and went into the Final fit and healthy. He worked to be in the running line from Barrier 3 and an opportunity presented itself when the favourite galloped. The General was good enough to take advantage of that and went on to grab the leader Jilliby Kung Fu on the line to win by a HD. It was the fastest time of the day; 1.54 over 2240.
It was a wonderful win , displaying all of his characteristics; strength, determination, staying power, and speed.
He has now won 3 GROUP 1's , including back to back Breeders Crowns and a Derby.
Emma and Clayton deserve all the credit for having him back to his best on the day and Chris Alford is the man you want in the cart in the big races.
Our Little General is now spelling at Lauriston after a long season.His record is 27 starts 13 wins 7 seconds and 3 thirds , $490,285. A mile rate of 1.54.
Poster Boy ran second in the 2 year old Colts and Geldings Breeders Crown final . The winner drew Barrier 1 and led all the way. Barrier 9 did Poster Boy no favours and he worked hard early to find the postion outside the leader then obtained cover. He raced up to the leader in the straight but the effort took its toll. He ran the fastest lead time and the fastest last quarter of the race and lost no admirers.
He is now at Lauriston after a remarkable 2 year old season; 10 starts 7 wins 2 seconds.$178,000. ,a GROUP 1 and Group 2 win and a time of 1.54.1. Another terrific training effort from Emma and Clayton .