British General on song at headquarters

BALLARAT galloper British General has secured the biggest victory of his career by claiming the listed Chester Manifold Stakes, 1400m, at Flemington this afternoon.

The Dan O'Sullivan-trained gelding ($2.10) made it three wins on end at the Melbourne track when he beat Dash For Viz by a neck, with Under The Eiffel third in a slick 1:21.46min

British General, who was riden by Glen Boss, has now won seven of 11 starts and taken his earnings to more than $200,000.

The feature win was part of a big day for the O'Sullivan stable, which celebrated the win of Tuscan Fire in the Rain Lover Handicap, 2500m.

Also partnered by Boss, the six-year-old started as a $2.10 favourite and scored from Crafty Cruiser by one and a half lengths.

An abundance of options has emerged as the most pressing concern for O'Sullivan as he plots the progress toward the Adelaide Cup.

"I've certainly got a few options I have to consider," O'Sullivan said.

"At the moment I'm looking at the Mornington Cup prelude and then the Cup next month and there's another 2600m race here and then Adelaide.

"It'll all be worked out, it's not a bad position to be in."

Tuscan Fire has proved a revelation for O'Sullivan who initially had a jumps campaign in mind for the horse.

"He's shown some ability at the jumping at home, so it's still on the cards," he said.

"But we've got a few months yet before the jumps start so we'll keep him going on the flat."

Boss added to O'Sulllivan's confidence, declaring the 3200m of the Adelaide Cup should present no problems."

"Go there, just go there," Boss told the trainer on dismounting.

"He just adjusted to the pace of the race today by himself - he's a natural."

The Adelaide Cup is run at Morphettville on March 11.


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