General Nediym colt wins 2YO opener in New Zealand

Deceased Widden Stud stallion General Nediym sired New Zealand’s first juvenile winner of the season in 2009 and he did it again with Alvesta at Wanganui on Saturday.

Alvesta (2c General Nediym – Rock Revival by Flying Spur) sprinted clear to score by six lengths in the Danfive at Grangewilliam Stud Stakes (800m).  The precocious colt parted company with jockey Sam Spratt after the finishing line and then hurdled the outside running rail.  Fortunately, Spratt and the wayward youngster escaped without any serious injuries.

Alvesta collected a $30,000 TBS bonus for part-owner and trainer Peter McKay and it was a welcome down-payment on the $80,000 he cost from the Patinack Farm draft at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  He is the first foal of talented racemare Rock Revival who won sprints at Randwick (2) and Canterbury (2).  Second dam Let’s Rock Again (Chief’s Crown) was a G2 winner of the STC Reisling Slipper Trial.

Alvesta is from General Nediym’s penultimate crop.  He started last season on a winning note when the Mark Walker trained colt Big River won the Grangewilliam Stud Stakes.

Big River followed up with a Listed victory in the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham and, apart from a couple of cuts and bruises, Alvesta will attempt to complete the same double in October.