Wattle Brae stallion Court Command extended his first-crop winner-count to 8 when Wise Commander claimed the Murray Seargant Memorial QTIS Plate (900m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Wise Commander (2c Court Command – Wise Bell by Canny Lad) was sent out a short-priced favourite after finishing second on debut to Qfighter at the Gold Coast in May.
The Bruce Brown trained colt was purchased by a syndicate from Corella Stud after failing to reach a $15,000 reserve at the 2011 QTIS 600 sale. He is from a half-sister to Adelaide stakes winner Kalaring (Kala Dancer).
Part-owner Peter Warrier said Brown and jockey Priscilla Schmidt were both confident Wise Commander would break through on Saturday. “Bruce has a good opinion of this colt and Priscilla was very impressed after he worked at Eagle Farm during the week,” he said. “Priscilla said he drove straight through a gap at the 200m and ended up winning by two lengths.
“He’s already paid his way and should be better at three and four,” Warrier said. “Bruce will be guided by the horse but might be tempted to give him a break now.”
Only Patinack Farm’s Husson (Arg) has been represented by more first-crop winners that Court Command this season. His progeny earnings are over $300,000 and that puts him in fourth spot nationwide behind Casino Prince, Husson and Bernardini.
Court Command (Commands) was retired to stud after an outstanding career for trainers Darren Smith and Liam Birchley winning the G2 Stan Fox Stakes, G3 Up and Coming Stakes and G3 Golden Rose.
He stood for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee at Wattle Brae in 2011.