Armageddon (War Command) winning a novice stakes at Haydock

Amazing treble for War Command

War Command can do no wrong at present and incredibly had three decent winners from his first crop on Friday.

At Haydock, the Bryan Smart-trained Armageddon (2f War Command-Nizhoni, by Mineshaft) carried the colours of owner-breeder Crossfields Racing to victory in a novices’ contest (pictured).

“I think Armageddon would have won first time if she hadn't got left in the stalls, she lost more ground at the start than she was beaten by. That has sharpened her up and she showed a bit of speed there. I hope she's quite nice,” said Mike Bullock of Crossfields Racing.

Meanwhile, at Nottingham it was the turn of the Mick Appleby-trained Loch Ness Monster (2c War Command-Celestial Dream, by Oasis Dream) to win his maiden by two and a quarter lengths.

“Loch Ness Monster is pretty decent, but the ground was a bit quick for him. He'll be better with a bit of cut, and probably over 7f. He'll probably have a break now until the ground improves,” said Appleby of the Audrey Thomspon-bred colt.

Also on Friday in Italy, Isole Maldive (2f War Command-Hairicin, by Hurrican Run) retained her unbeaten record with another win in Italy.