Following an impressive victory in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill Gardens last weekend, Racing Manager of Darley Australia Jason Walsh has revealed the form of exciting sprinter Generalife is likely to warrant a tilt at events over the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, with a likely first-up appearance in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) on September 13th.
Beginning his racing career under the guidance of former Darley trainer Peter Snowden, Generalife has arguably hit career-best form since trainer John O’Shea was appointed to the post; finishing third in a minor event over 1400m before claiming back-to-back victories most recently.
Likely to return for a short spelling before embarking on a spring racing campaign, Walsh said the operation has been thrilled with the way the Lonhro gelding has taken to his current preparation and is a big chance of featuring in major events over coming months.
“That’s his third win in Saturday grade this prep,” Walsh told TVN following the Civic Stakes.
“It has just been a matter of him getting his confidence back and now he is racing so well.
“He may just be putting his hand up for a spring feature.”
Claiming an impressive total of seven wins and four minor places from just 20 competitive starts so-far, Generalife was a notable performer over Sydney racing events through the 2013 spring; finishing second in the Big Sports Breakfast 3.y.o+ (1400m) and winning the Patinack Farm Supporting 4.y.o+ (1400m) before finishing third amongst classy competition in the Harvey Norman 3.y.o+ (1500m) most notably.
Finishing outside the places just once in six starts this year, the gelding out of Albaicin is in flying form after beating a classy field which included Bennetta home by close to three lengths in the Civic Stakes last weekend.
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