Pain turns to pleasure as Major General wins $15,000 race
BEAUDESERT trainer Helen Van Hoeyen admits five-year-old gelding Major General ($8) has been a major pain in the past.
However that didn't stop the horse from taking out the $15,000 Saddle Up Sunday Benchmark 65 (2000m) at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting yesterday.
"He can be a bit cranky at times," Van Hoeyen said.
"But that might be a good thing if he keeps winning.
"We keep him in a pretty big paddock and he likes his surroundings."
Major General ($8) led the whole way and had enough muster to finish half-a-length ahead of Dusty's Felt ($15) with six-year-old gelding Mightysui ($21) a nose back.
The Beaudesert horse also won a class 2 handicap (1905m) at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting earlier this month.
"I've only had him for about the last seven races," Van Hoeyen said.
"We were nominating him for anything we could find at the time.
"I don't think we'll have too much trouble now."
The five-year-old is likely to race again at Ballina on November 4.
In other races yesterday, Eagle Farm trainer Les Ross had a win with Mishani Lad in the 1100m maiden handicap. It was ridden by Travis Wolfgram (pictured) who completed a winning double on Some Call Her Wild ($2.80) in a three-year-old Maiden Handicap (1100m).
Racing returns to the Northern Rivers with a Non-TAB meeting at the Casino Racing Club on Saturday.