A gun ride from apprentice jockey Sam Clipperton saw the Darley-owned Generalife come away with the 2014 Civic Stakes win in Sydney on the weekend and earn some Group race targets this coming spring.
The Lonhro four-year-old will likely be stepped up in company this coming spring carnival after an impressive display in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Coming off a win at the same track and distance 21 days earlier the Clipperton-ridden gelding handled their first black-type run since November of 2012 when defeating the $4.40 favourite Bennetta by two and a quarter lengths.
One of Chris Waller’s five hopes in the race, French import He’s Your Man ($6) then finished off the Civic Stakes trifecta a further length away in third just ahead of the Gerald Ryan-trained Oakfield Commands ($8).
O’Shea, who took over the training of Generalife when replacing Peter Snowden as Darley’s private trainer, was quick to credit the performance of both the horse and young Clipperton.
“Sam has to be given a special mention,” he told AAP speaking of the 20-year-old who is nearly at the end of his apprenticeship.
“It’s not a chance that we put him on in a non-claiming race.
“We are putting him on because we have a lot of confidence in him and he will be a part of the team going forward.
“He gives them every possible chance and has a big future.”
Generalife came from midfield as they turned for home to run away on the straight and remain undefeated with O’Shea.
“The team has done a great job with this horse,” O’Shea said.
“It has taken time for me to get to know him and all the other horses.
“It is a big team effort.”
Clipperton was also impressed with the run from Generalife indicating a big future for the progressive galloper.
“It’s great to be given opportunities especially with Darley in races like this,” he said.
“I’m very appreciative and I hope it can continue.
“This horse relaxed beautifully today and always travelled well.
“He should get plenty of confidence out of that and there could be Group races in his future.”
Agreeing with Clipperton’s assessment of the horse’s future was Darley Racing Manager Jason Walsh.
“That’s his third win in Saturday grade this prep,” Walsh told TVN post-race.
“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.”
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2014 Civic Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Rosehill Race 6 – 05/07/2014
|1||10||GENERALIFE||John O’Shea||Sam Clipperton (a)||–||3||54kg||$6|
|2||5||BENNETTA||Grahame Begg||Jeff Lloyd||2.3L||6||54.5kg||$4.40F|
|3||8||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||Tim Clark||3.3L||8||54kg||$6|
|4||6||OAKFIELD COMMANDS||Gerald Ryan||Lester Grace (a)||3.6L||4||54.5kg||$8|
|5||4||THE PEAK||Bart & James Cummings||Jay Ford||4.9L||1||55kg||$11|
|6||2||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||5.5L||9||58kg||$14|
|7||7||HIDDEN KISSES||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||6.9L||10||54kg||$9.50|
|8||1||TROMSO||Chris Waller||Joshua Parr||7L||5||59kg||$11|
|9||3||TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||7.2L||7||56kg||$8|
|10||11||CAPITAL COMMANDER||Gerald Ryan||Ms Kathy O’Hara||13.4L||2||54kg||$41|