Dragon Kickstarts Double For War Command
The George Scott-trained Dragon Command (2g War Command - Zari, by Azamour) looks a horse to follow after running out an authoritative winner of Tuesday’s six furlong Novice Stakes at Hamilton.
Close to succeeding on his first two starts, the bay was coming back from a short break and was ridden to track the leaders by Ben Curtis. Asserting when asked over a furlong from home, he was driven out to score by two lengths and three quarters, with a further three lengths back to the favourite in third.
Bred by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, Dragon Command kickstarted a double on the card for War Command, completed when Victory Command (3c War Command - Aguinaga, by Machiavellian) later justified favoritism in the feature race, the Almada Mile Handicap.
Last seen finishing a respectable sixth in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, he also finished third in a £50,000 contest in May, took the same position at the Dubai World Cup Carnival and was a Listed winner last season.
Now partnered by PJ McDonald, he, too, was ridden to track the leaders and became short of room two furlongs out, before being shaken up to lead over a furlong from home. Ridden out, he ran on well to win by three parts of a length.
Trained by Mark Johnston for Kingsley Park 10, Victory Command was bred by J Higgins and is a half-brother to Gimcrack Stakes victor Conquest.
War Command stands for €8,000 this season.