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War Command Filly Swoops Late For Listed Win

A hold-up ride brought out the best in Isaan Queen (3f War Command - Dundel’s Spirit, by Invincible Spirit), as she came with a late run to win the Listed Chelmer Fillies’ Stakes at Chelmsford on Thursday.

A two-time juvenile winner, the Archie Watson-trained bay ran admirably in defeat on her last handful of runs and had since enjoyed a break since January. Held up in a competitive field of 13, she began to make headway from three furlongs out and ran on strongly to lead in the shadow of the post. The winning margin was a nose, her nearest rival being previous black-type performer Chapelli, while the favourite ended her unbeaten run in third.

Owned by Chris Hurst, Isaan Queen was bred by Con Harrington and was sold by Ballyshannon Stud to Blandford Bloodstock for €42,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale. She is one of two winners out of Dundel’s Spirit, an unraced half-sister to two Stakes winners, from the family of Dubawi and Virginia Waters.

Isaan Queen is from the first crop of Castlehyde Stud sire War Command, who himself won the Group 2 Coventry Stakes, Group 2 Futurity Stakes and Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes. He commands a fee of €8,000 in 2019.