The son of Sun Stud stallion, Squamosa, four-year-old Order Of Command saluted in the final race of the 2018 Flemington Spring carnival in style.
Sent out favourite in the 1100 metre up the famous Flemington straight, Order Of Command proved too good for the 16 horse field, under the guidance of Champion hoop, Damien Oliver.
The Danny O’Brien trained galloper ran a second placing behind boom horse Nature Strip in a stakes race at Headquarters last preparation, so he was keen to run one better when resuming here.
Settled out the back early, the Squamosa gelding produced a ferocious sprint, clocking 33 seconds and change for the final 600 metre, to run down the leaders in brilliant fashion.
“We set him for this race. He had exceptional form behind Nature Strip last prep and we’ll chase black type with him this time in,” said O’Brien post-race.
Manager of sales and Nominations for Sun Stud, Mark Lindsay, is bullish about the young stallion and believes this is only the very beginning.
“Order Of Command is a serious horse with outstanding form lines and Danny O’Brien has a big opinion of him. We’ve seen Squamosa produce two stakes horses out of Commands mares now, so we know breeders can duplicate Danehill with confidence,” Lindsay said.
“The stallion has been a bit of a slow burn due to the small crop numbers from his initial books. However, breeders are onto him now and he has covered in excess of 200 mares over the last two seasons. Once these larger crops come through the system, we’ll be seeing a real surge from his progeny.”
Order Of Command is the second named foal out of the Commands mare Commanding Angel, Order Of Command who was bred by Mr WH Johnson, Mr S Paino, Mr J Swinnerton and Mr G Peer.
Crowned Victoria’s Champion First Season Sire in 2016/17, Squamosa is offering a great return on the track for breeders looking for a realistically priced stallion option this season.
“With a winners average earnings index of nearly $60,000 and 11% stakes horses to runners Squamosa can be placed in elite company. He is great value stallion at an affordable fee,” Lindsay said.