In recent memory, the two most taking Royal Ascot, Coventry Stakes winners were undoubtedly Canford Cliffs and War Command. Both were imperious on their day and both went on to be future Group 1 winners at 7f and beyond. War Command, trained by Aidan O'Brien, hails from the multiple stallion producing Ballydoyle contingent and we see no reason why this fantastic son of the champion sire War Front shouldn't make up into a tip top stallion. Beechwood Jude is from War Command's first crop. He's bred in the purple so we see no reason what he can't take rank amongst other Ballydoyle stallions of latter years such as Galileo and Sadler’s Wells. See his stallion page here: http://coolmore.com/stallions/war-command/
He hails from a fantastic female bloodline including the multiple Group race performers Ponte Tresa, Porlezza, Pontenuovo and Pornichet. He has substance, style, elegance and just as importantly, athleticism and fantastic movement. We saw almost 500 horses in the Arqana August yearling Sale and he was one of only 5 yearlings we really wanted to bring home, back to the UK. It's particularly high praise indeed that a horse and a pedigree in its infancy should impress us this significantly.
He is also 'French race premiums' qualified. France is well known for its lucrative system of Owners’ premiums on top of already generous prize-money. On the flat, a 2 or 3-year-old can earn an extra 64% on top of the race purse, so we would expect to be taking full advantage of this initiative.
Syndicate manager update (25th November): A very talented Flat performer, who has more to come in that sphere, that’s without question! However, he’s thoroughly exciting in 3yo juvenile hurdles and could be anything under that code. He pretty much flattened every hurdle first time up at the NH game, and having sauntered to the front, totally outclassing his opposition, a trio of factors came to haunt him after the last, causing him to weaken into 4th; 1 ~ he’d flattened too many of the obstacles, 2 ~ he’d raced way too freely (as many ex Flat horses do on jumps’ debut) 3 ~ the stamina sapping, bottomless going that day.
He’ll be a very different proposition next time and remains a genuine Boodles Handicap (Fred Winter) contender for the Cheltenham Festival.