Ballarat trainer to launch British General's spring campaign

TWO-time listed winner British General launches his spring campaign at Caulfield on Saturday.

British General winning at Flemington last year. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

British General winning at Flemington last year. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Ballarat trainer Dan O’Sullivan saddles him up in the group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes, 1100m.

It will be his first start since a beaten favourite in the group 3 Stakes, 1400m,at Flemington on November 2 last year.

Michelle Payne has been booked to ride the seven-year-old, who has warmed up for his first-up assault with a handful of jump-outs.

“He’s done enough work to run quite well, but he will be better over more ground now,” O’Sullivan said.

O’Sullivan said the son of General Nediym was likely to head to the group 3 Bobby Lewis Quality, 1200m, at Flemington on September 13 before a decision was made on his next target.

British General started last year’s campaign in the Bobbie Lewis.

O’Sullivan has previously said he would like to get British General to group 1 level this preparation.

“We were nearly going to do it (run in a group 1) last time in,” he said in May.

“The Emirates was in the back of our minds.”

DARREN Weir also unveils another two of his spring hopefuls at Caulfield.

Lonhspresso makes her first appearance since finishing well down the track in the weight-for-age group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara, 1400m, at Eagle Farm on June 21.

That was her only start in the Queensland Winter Carnival, following a win in the listed Straight Six at Flemington and second in the Golden Topaz at Swan Hill.

Ben Melham takes the ride, with Weir also running Broken in the same event.

Weir is taking a lower key approach for the return of import Signoff and Prince of Penzance in the WeDrive Plate, 1400m.

Signoff made a big impression through the summer and into the early autumn, winning six of seven starts.

The Bendigo Cup is a target for the five-year-old this season, but he is also nominated for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

Already a listed winner, Prince of Penzance has won five of 11 starts. 

His latest three outings produced a win in the listed Mornington Cup Prelude, fourth in the Mornington Cup and second in the Roy Higgins Quality on March 1.

  Weir is also sending around Puissance de Lune in his second run of his comeback from a tendon injury. 

He runs into a hot field in the group 1 $400,000 Memsie Stakes, 1400m. A group 1 win is Puissance de Lune’s primary target this spring.

Cox Plate runner-up Happy Trails, three-time group 1 winner Boban, three-time group 1 winner Moment of Change and the outstandsng Silent Witness also line up in the Memsie along with last-start group 2 Missile winner Sweet Idea for Gai



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