War Command, Big Time & Sudirman to Clash in Phoenix Stakes

Updated: August 8, 2013
Aidan O'Brien

This Sunday at the Curragh, Coventry Stakes winner War Command is set to put his unbeaten record on the line when he tackles a maximum of 10 opponents in the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes.

The favourite, who absolutely ran away with the Coventry Stakes last June, is one of five horses in total that legendary trainer Aidan O’ Brien will be entering. The other possible entries include Fountain Of Youth, Giovanni Boldini, Wiltshire Boulevard and Bluebell.

War Command has been in great form since Royal Ascot and we are really looking forward to running him on Sunday,” said champion trainer Aidan O’Brien on Wednesday. He added: “We will wait until later in the week as regards the other horses but Wiltshire Boulevard is also up for consideration for the race.”

O’ Brien’s War Command is unlikely to have everything his own way, however and he should face stern contest from Sudirman and the John Murphy-trained Big Time.

Of course, the pressure will be placed firmly on Aidan O’ Brien’s shoulders this weekend as it’s War Command who will be putting something quite special at stake – and that is his impressive unbeaten streak.

The pair were first and second respectively in the Group Two Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Railway Stakes at the Curragh over Irish Derby weekend, and they are also among the 10 entries for the six furlong juvenile contest.

The other three entries are Ambiance, who’s the sole British-trained challenger, Sniper and Muscle Beach.

Curragh racecourse management have promised free parking for the day and admission is set at  €15 for over 25s.

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