10 January 2011

First Command Wins Cleary Stakes

Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed Darley stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a black-type success when favoured & top-weighted 5YO gelding First Command (Commands-River Serenade, by Hurricane Sky) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the $100,000 Listed L.T.Cleary Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in Melbourne. First Command (ridden by Dwayne Dunn for trainer Lee Freedman) defeated 6YO geldings Diplomatic Force (Oamaru Force-Talk It Over, by Umatilla) & Maxisun (Choisir-Venere, by Marscay). First Command (a $170,000 yearling consigned from Baramul Stud at 2007 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) took his record to 9 wins (also including 2009's Gr2 Caulfield Sprint over 1100m & Listed Clamms Seaford Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield) & 3 placings (in 2010's Listed Swisse Vitamins Stakes over 1100m at Flemington & Listed Lightning Handicap over 1000m at Eagle Farm, plus 2009's Gr2 Gilgai Stakes over 1200m at Flemington) from 17 starts for $491,901 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)  

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