War Command (8/11f) was a cheeky winner of the Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.
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The form of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot had taken something of a knock since the race but its' winner managed to arrest the hoodoo in the Group 2 contest.
Friendship managed to take the early lead off of Mustajeeb, and for a while it appeared as if the second string of the Aidan O'Brien team might post an upset as Seamie Heffernan kicked clear of the field with two furlongs to go.
War Command was gradually eased into the race and having been asked to go about his business by Joseph O'Brien, he soon made up the necessary ground and breezed to the front for victory.
O'Brien snr said: "The Ascot horse is back.
"We gave him a break after Ascot and the last day he jumped and ran hard and it caught him out. In the middle of the race he was a bit ring-rusty, but when he got going he was closing to the line.
"It was obviously trainer error again. I didn't have him sharp enough or tight enough.
"He was a different horse today. He tipped up more like he did at Ascot and quickened up well.
"I'm very happy with him and he got the seven furlongs well.
"I think he was maybe asleep the last day and if we're going for the National Stakes, we wouldn't want to have him asleep again.
"The boys will have a talk about it, but he'll probably come back here for the National Stakes."
Sky Bet cut his price to 12/1 (from 14/1) for the 2000 Guineas.