Redcar - Two-Year-Old Trophy
Purchased at THE sale for 2-year-old winners, the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale, this colt is by the Coolmore stallion WAR COMMAND. 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. His first progeny are now yearlings and our colt is from War Command's first crop, due to hit the racecourse in 2018. 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/
Ace bloodstock agent Ross Doyle approached us just prior to this colt going through the ring at Goffs, to inform us that he was intending buying, if possible, this stunning War Command colt and asked us if we would be interested in purchasing the horse with them, to be trained by Richard Hannon. We loved him when we saw him and agreed, without hesitation. We were so impressed by his physique and athleticism that we were determined, within reason to purchase him. It was rather a déja vu moment in that this was precisely how we came to purchase at last season's Goffs Premier Sale, the subsequent Listed winner DE BRUYNE HORSE. If we can duplicate that, then this lovely colt has to come highly recommended. We hope lightning can strike twice.
We have every faith that he is in a similar mode and if this is the case we can't wait to see him on a racetrack in 2018. He looks every inch an exciting prospect.
He qualifies for the 'Plus 10 Bonus' scheme which means should he win a class 4 maiden or novice he will earn an additional £10,000 on top of his normal win prize money. It's a fantastic initiative and we have already won over a dozen such bonuses with our MPR horses since its inception three seasons ago.
Trainer update (26th March): Richard plans to move over to working his horses on the summer gallops either this week or next, depending on the weather. The summer gallops are fresh turf and of racecourse standard. It's where Richard starts to put his horses through their paces. Generally this occurs in March, but on account of the Beasts From The East that we've had, it just delayed that process a tad.