General Makes Winning Return

May 07, 2017

I Am The General made a winning return after a spell with victory in the 'Hats & High Tea' Mothers Day Gift BM64 Handicap over 1000m at Racing.com Park on Sunday.

The five-year-old jumped well from the widest gate then jockey, Lachie King, settled him three wide as they rounded the turn. King then eased him to the middle of the course down the straight and loomed up at the 200m before kicking clear and running away with the win by three lengths.

"It was an outstanding result and the race was really run to suit him," said trainer, Shane Nichols.

"He will improve heaps off that because he is still a bit big in condition which is why I chose to run him here today and decided to scratch him from Warrnambool this week where the track had a lot of racing on it and I thought this would suit him more.

"He got a great ride from Lachie who has now won two for the stable in as many rides.

"Hopefully claim again and win again and looking forward to placing him the rest of the prep."

King was also very pleased with getting another winner for Nichols, saying after the race "he's been a bit of a supporter now and he has given me two nice ride's and they have been a hundred percent on the day." 

"He just left it up to me from the wide gate and he said he'd love the ground and relish the wet ground and didn't have an issue where that was and he just jumped too well.

"I was heading out there thinking I was going to get a bit of cover but I ended up being three wide but it didn't really affect him because he was travelling too strong and when he gave me that first kick I knew I had it won.

"I thought he was a sneaky chance and if he brings his 'A' game I knew he would be a chance of winning the race."

I Am The General has now won over $194,000 in prize money after being purchased for just $35,000 by Nichols at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. It was the fourth win for the consistent galloper with another 13 placings, nine of which came from his last prep. 

I Am The General is from the first crop of now leading stallion, I Am Invincible, who is also the sire of Nichols' Group 1 winning filly I Am A Star who finished a gallant third in Saturday's UBET Classic at Morphetville.

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Story by Todd Blum Bloodstock