Command's Classic claims

  • By: Andy Schooler and Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: June 18 2013, 19:24 BST

War Command is the new favourite for next season's 2000 Guineas following victory in Royal Ascot's Coventry Stakes.

War Command: Impressed the bookies
War Command: Impressed the bookies

Aidan O'Brien's charge is as short as 5/1 for the opening Classic of 2014 with Coral but Ladbrokes offer a standout 10/1 after what was an impressive display in Berkshire. The Magic Sign are so often viewed as a good marker of how things stand at the Ballydoyle stables.

Seemingly O'Brien's third string, he was sent off at 20/1 with just a neck victory in a Leopardstown maiden to his name but the son of American stallion War Front (who also sired Queen Anne winner Declaration Of War for the same connections) blitzed the Group Two field in the style of a top-class performer and finished six lengths clear of his rivals.

The colt will now surely attempt to emulate Dawn Approach who won the Coventry 12 months ago before landing the Newmarket Classic earlier this season.

Betfred's Andrew Griffiths, whose firm opened their book on the Guineas after the race and made War Command an 8/1 shot, said: "The Coventry Stakes has a habit of producing very talented colts and War Command looks a worthy 2000 Guineas favourite at this stage."

Sky Bet's Michael Shinners described the win as "incredibly impressive" and his firm were one of several to go 7/1.