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War Command Storms to Victory in the Coventry
18/06/13

1 War Command 20/1
2 Parbold 16/1
3 Sir John Hawkins 6/1
NR: Bahamian Heights
15 ran Distances: 6l, ¾l, ½l
TIME 1m 12.86s (slow by 0.46s)

A stunning performance by runaway winner War Command in the Coventry Stakes made it four wins from four for Irish trainers on the opening day of Royal Ascot.

War Command
© Caroline Norris

War Command

The son of War Front was completing a double on the day for the team behind Queen Anne Stakes winner Declaration Of War, namely trainer Aidan O’Brien, part/owner and breeder Joseph Allen, and the Coolmore triumvirate of Messrs Magnier, Tabor and Smith. However, O’Brien’s son Joseph finished unplaced this time on favourite Stubbs, and it was another Ballydoyle stalwart, Seamie Heffernan, who rode the winner. In third was another O’Brien runner, Sir John Hawkins, the mount of Ryan Moore.

Allen, who lives in Florida, but is visiting Royal Ascot with his wife Annette, said: “This is surreal – it could not get better than this. I did not expect the first winner [Declaration Of War] because he was so disappointing on his previous run in the Lockinge Stakes, but this is a horse I have always liked.

“He’s had a few issues – he had a splint [a cannon bone issue] at one point – but he’s come around and what he did today was scary. His dam, Wandering Star, has a US Ranger filly foal at foot – I bred and raced US Ranger with the same team [Magnier, Tabor and Smith].”

“I’ve been involved with horses for 35 years, and this is the highlight. To win two major races on the first day of Royal Ascot is a dream.”

War Command was given quotes of 5/1 for next year’s QIPCO 2,000 Guineas by Coral, and 10/1 by Ladbrokes .

 

Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
£120,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
15 ran
Going: Good

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
War Command
A P O'Brien
J A Heffernan
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
Winner
2
Parbold
R A Fahey
T Hamilton
9st 1lbs
16 - 1
6 lengths
3
Sir John Hawkins
A P O'Brien
R L Moore
9st 1lbs
6 - 1
3/4 length
4
Thunder Strike
R Hannon
L Dettori
9st 1lbs
11 - 2
1/2 length
5
Jallota
M R Channon
M Harley
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
1 1/4 length
6
Stubbs
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 1lbs
5 - 2
Neck
7
Wahaab
R Hannon
Dane O'Neill
9st 1lbs
16 - 1
1 length
8
Mawfoor
B J Meehan
P Hanagan
9st 1lbs
12 - 1
Nose
9
Rosso Corsa
M R Channon
James McDonald
9st 1lbs
100 - 1
Head
10
Rogue Wave
A P Jarvis
Jim Crowley
9st 1lbs
66 - 1
3/4 length
11
Dubawi Fun
I Mohammed
P Cosgrave
9st 1lbs
66 - 1
1 1/2 length
12
Lanark
M Johnston
J Fanning
9st 1lbs
25 - 1
Short Head
13
Riverboat Springs
M R Channon
William Buick
9st 1lbs
8 - 1
Head
14
Championship
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 1lbs
6 - 1
1 1/4 length
15
Thrtypointstothree
Mrs N S Evans
Ryan Tate
9st 1lbs
200 - 1
8 lengths
NonRunner
Bahamian Heights
C E Brittain
J Doyle
9st 1lbs
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PARBOLD WILL IMPROVE

“The winner went too fast.” said Richard Fahey as his second-placed charge, Parbold, was led in after the Group Two Coventry Stakes

“We wouldn’t have beaten the winner anyway but Tony (Hamilton, jockey) thought he was better for another two or three lengths.” continued Fahey “In race riding you make a decision and decide who the fancied ones are and you go that way Today it didn’t happen.

“He is entered in several large two-year-old sales races and it would be hard not to run him in them.

“I nearly pulled him out of his last race (soft-ground maiden at York, his only other start.) because of the ground – this is more his going.

“He’s got loads of scope and will improve for racing. He is a very laid back horse and he will come on again for that.  He’s an absolute gent.”

Tony Hamilton, who rode the six-length runner-up added: “We didn’t get the clearest of passages but I think he was second best. I think he is pretty good and will come on for that.”

 

COVENTRY STAKES
Previous results

YR/DATE GROUP WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY OWNER AGE/WEIGHT SP

12/19/06 2 DAWN APPROACH Jim Bolger IRE Kevin Manning Jackie Bolger/J P Spain 2-9-01 7/2
11/14/06 2 POWER Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 2-9-01 4/1F
10/15/06 2 STRONG SUIT Richard Hannon Richard Hughes Julie Wood 2-9-01 15/8F
09/16/06 2 CANFORD CLIFFS Richard Hannon Richard Hughes The Heffer Syndicate 2-9-01 7/4F
08/17/06 2 ART CONNOISSEUR Michael Bell Jamie Spencer Richard Green 2-9-01 8/1
07/19/06 2 HENRYTHENAVIGATOR Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Sue Magnier 2-9-01 11/4F
06/20/06 2 HELLVELYN Bryan Smart Ted Durcan Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed 2-9-01 4/1JF
*05/14/06 2 RED CLUBS Barry Hills Michael Hills Ronnie Arculli 2-8-12 11/2
04/15/06 2 ICEMAN John Gosden Kieren Fallon Cheveley Park Stud 2-8-12 5/1JF
03/17/06 3 THREE VALLEYS Roger Charlton Richard Hughes Khalid Abdullah 2-8-12 7/1
02/18/06 3 STATUE OF LIBERTY Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 2-8-12 5/2F
01/19/06 3 LANDSEER Aidan O’Brien IRE Jamie Spencer Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 2-8-12 20/1
00/20/06 3 CD EUROPE Mick Channon Steve Drowne Circular Distributors Ltd 2-8-12 8/1
99/15/06 3 FASLIYEV Aidan O’Brien IRE Michael Kinane Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 2-8-12 15/8F
98/16/06 3 RED SEA Paul Cole Richard Quinn Fahd Salman 2-8-12 6/1
97/17/06 3 HARBOUR MASTER Aidan O’Brien IRE Christy Roche Sue Magnier 2-8-12 16/1
96/18/06 3 VERGLAS Kevin Prendergast IRE Willie Supple Chryss O'Reilly 2 8-12 9/1
95/20/06 3 ROYAL APPLAUSE Barry Hills Walter Swinburn Maktoum Al Maktoum 2 8-12 13/2
94/14/06 3 SRI PEKAN Paul Cole Richard Quinn Sultan Ahmad Shah 2 8-13 6/1
93/15/06 3 STONEHATCH Peter Chapple-Hyam John Reid Robert Sangster 2 8-13 EvensF
92/16/06 3 PETARDIA Geoff Wragg Walter Swinburn Mollers Racing 2 8-13 5/1CF
91/18/06 3 DILUM Paul Cole Alan Munro Fahd Salman 2 8-13 11/10 F
90/19/06 3 MAC'S IMP Bill O'Gorman Alan Munro Tamdown Ltd 2 8-13 2/1F
89/20/06 3 ROCK CITY Richard Hannon Willie Carson A F Budge (Equine) Ltd 2 8-13 9/1
88/14/06 3 HIGH ESTATE Henry Cecil Steve Cauthen Jim Joel 2 8-13 10/11 F
87/16/06 3 ALWAYS FAIR Michael Stoute Walter Swinburn Maktoum Al Maktoum 2 8-13 9/2
86/17/06 3 CUTTING BLADE Lester Piggott Cash Asmussen Mahmoud Fustok 2 8-11 11/1
85/18/06 3 SURE BLADE Barry Hills Brent Thomson Sheikh Mohammed 2 8-11 3/1F
84/19/06 3 PRIMO DOMINIE Brian Swift John Reid Peter Wetzel 2 8-11 4/7F
83/14/06 2 CHIEF SINGER Ron Sheather Ray Cochrane Jeff Smith 2 8-11 20/1
82/15/06 2 HORAGE Matt McCormack Pat Eddery Ahmed Rachid 2 8-11 85/40
81/16/06 2 RED SUNSET Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Paddy Burns 2 8-11 14/1
80/17/06 2 RECITATION Guy Harwood Greville Starkey Anthony Bodie 2 8-11 11/1
79/19/06 2 VARINGO Ryan Price Brian Taylor PTP Plant Hire Ltd 2 8-11 11/8F
78/20/06 2 LAKE CITY Ryan Price Brian Taylor Harry Demetriou 2 8-11 7/1
77/14/06 2 SOLINUS Vincent O'Brien IRE Lester Piggott Daniel Schwartz 2 8-11 7/4F
76/15/06 2 CAWSTON'S CLOWN Neil Adam Taffy Thomas John Murrell 2 8-11 11/2

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