BALLARAT trainer Dan O’Sullivan is targeting the group 1 Emirates Stakes with British General after the horse’s gutsy win at Caulfield on Saturday.
The six-year-old broke through for his second victory at listed level in the Weekend Hussler Stakes, 1400m.
O’Sullivan said he had a range of emotions going through his body as British General was headed by Bello down the home straight, but kicked back to win by a slim margin on the wire.
It was the horse’s first success at Caulfield in seven attempts.
“Just knowing the horse, you never give up on him,” O’Sullivan said.
“He doesn’t give in.”
O’Sullivan now plans to run British General in the group 3 Chatham Stakes, 1400m, on Derby Day (November 2) before heading to the $1 million Emirates, 1600m, the following weekend at Flemington.
British General has had just one previous run over the mile – a sixth at Flemington in April – when O’Sullivan was thinking of a possible start in the group 1 Doncaster Mile at Easter.
O’Sullivan said he had no doubts his charge would handle the rise in distance to 1600m.
“I even think the way he raced Saturday he is really starting to show he is looking for a bit further. He was getting pressured at the furlong and at the line was getting stronger,” O’Sullivan said.
“He’s not showing as much speed early in races and not crossing quite as easy as he used to.”
The son of General Nediym, who triumphed in the listed Chester Manifold, 1400m, early this year, has won eight races from just 21 career starts.