Progressive Maiden Winner For War Command
Lafayette Hill (2f War Command – China In My Hands, by Dark Angel) won her maiden in comfortable fashion at Dundalk on Friday.
The Ted Walsh-trained and Helen Walsh-owned grey had finished third on her previous start over course and distance, and was sent off favourite under Gary Halpin. Racing in third halfway through the mile contest, she was switched right in the straight to come with a strong run and asserted in the final furlong, beating Unabridged by a length and a quarter.
The winning trainer was pleased with his progressive charge, commenting after the race, “She’s improved with every run, and she’s a big filly that will improve again next year. She is a lovely looking filly.”
Lafayette Hill was bought as a yearling by Walsh’s daughter Katie from Ballylinch Stud. It was a poignant sale, the filly having been pinhooked as a foal by the late Jonathan Fitzpatrick of Keatingstown Stud. Bred by Seamus McGarvey, she is the mare's first foal.