High Noon for Commands

Monday, 17 January 2011

A Commands colt topped the Raheen Stud draft at the Magic Millions when Tony Noonan weighed in with $80,000 during Session 2 last Thursday.

The colt is from Hippy who won a Gosford maiden during a five start career in 2003-04.  He is a younger half-brother to Canny Lad filly Sweet Cherub who won two races at Ipswich.  She retired to stud last year and was covered by Widden Stud sire Dreamscape.

Hippy’s only other foal to race is the Jet Spur colt Oriental Gambler who won at Seymour last month.

Raheen has a great record with Commands yearlings that have graduated from the Magic Millions.  In 2008, studmaster Basil Nolan sold Commands colt Conquered Dream to Markus Jooste and the leading South African owner was rewarded with a Listed victory in the 2010 Derby Trial at Turffontein.

The Raheen filly by Encosta de Lago from Mardi’s Classic made $75,000 to the bid of Magic Millions as agent.  She hails from the family of G1 winner Racing To Win.

Next best on the Raheen leader board was the Excites colt from Elysian Hera.  He was purchased by Victorian based First Light Racing for $44,000.

Excites was a G1 winner of the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Elysian Hera (Stravinsky) is a three-quarter sister to G3 winner Oratorio who is making a major impact at stud in West Australia.