General Truce Wins Maribyrnong Plate – Emirates Stakes Day

General Truce scored a shock win in Saturday’s Group Three Maribyrnong Plate, beating Sweet Cheeks by one and a half lengths.

With a maiden win on a heavy track in the bush as the gelding’s lead up race, many punters were sceptical on the two year olds chances of success but after leading early in the race, it seemed as though General Truce had the potential to be a great sprinter.

Although Tropic Thunder came across to take up the front position, General Truce regained the lead at the 300 meter mark and then comfortably led while holding off runner up Sweet Cheeks and third placegetter She’s Got Gears.

Finishing in 57.23 seconds, the Ricky Maund-trained gelding has now earned over $110,000 in prize money and has maintained his unbeaten record which includes his Bendigo win in October.

For jockey Andrew Mallyon, this was his first race after completely his apprenticeship and he described it as his biggest thrill in racing.

Although it wasn’t a perfect ride, General Truce is set to be a lovely sprinter and he will prove this next year in the Blue Diamond.

Race favourite Stirling Grove was a late withdrawal from the set weight event on veterinary advice after lashing out in the barrier stalls and taking some skin off.