One of the problems with standing a champion racehorse at stud is the unrealistic burdens of expectation placed on them. For Timeform's European Champion of the Decade (1990-99) Generous, that burden was so onerous that anything less than a Derby winner from his first crop was bound to disappoint. He has been sold twice - firstly to Japan and then New Zealand, where he stands at Glenmorgan Stud. Happily, the chestnut's stocks are now high after his first-crop son Philamore won the Avondale Guineas. Philamore is a 7-2 equal favourite for the New Zealand Derby (G1, 2400m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. To date, Generous has only one Group 1 winner to his name, the top German galloper Catella, but he has a respectable total of 27 stakeswinners and a high percentage of stakeswinners to foals. Philamore's trainer, Tony Cole, was amazed after his charge gave the leaders an 'impossible' start but ran over them effortlessly in the final 200 metres, scoring by a length and a half. 'I can't get over the top of this horse,' said Cole. 'So far I haven't been able to get him more than 90 per cent fit and look what he does to them.' Young Melbourne jockey Rhys McLeod has jagged a rare international opportunity following a chance meeting with retired American riding legend Chris McCarron, now general manager of California's Santa Anita racetrack. The McCarron contact was made through Cambridge handler Brian Jenkins, trainer of Melbourne Cup winner Jezabeel, who was hosting McCarron during a holiday in Australia. 'Chris said he thought Rhys stood out among the Australian riders and when we had dinner, he offered him a three-month contract riding the Santa Anita meeting,' Jenkins said. The great American-bred sire Sunday Silence, who died last year in Japan at the young age of 16, registered his 100th stakeswinner - one of the benchmarks of stallion greatness - with the wins of Cheers Brightly and Mystic Age at Kyoto on November 29. The former Shadai Farm stallion has a number of sons at stud around the world, including his unbeaten champion-juvenile son Fiji Kiseki and high-class classic performer Bubble Gum. Retired jockey Pat Eddery has topped the nominees for the 2004 Lesters awards in England. The 11-time champion jockey, who had his last ride in Mauritius on Sunday, has been nominated in the Flat Jockey of the Year category and also for the Flat Jockey Special Recognition Award. Wando, the first to horse to sweep Canada's Triple Crown in a decade, has been honoured as Canada's Horse of the Year and champion three-year-old male. Wando became only the seventh horse to capture the Triple Crown - the Queen's Plate, the Prince of Wales and the Breeders' Stakes since the series started in 1959.