Fortress Command Back on Track

Mark Smith - Wednesday October 7

Sun Bloodstock’s Fortress Command looked to have a bright future when winning his first two starts before placing in the Group III Baillieu Hcp and finishing fourth in Castelvecchio’s Group 1 ATC Champagne Stakes at two, however he failed to hit the boards in four starts at three.

The son of Sebring was gelded before the start of his 4yo campaign and it may have done the trick, with Nash Rawiller guiding the Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained bay to half-length victory over the short-priced favourite Petronius (Redoute's Choice) in the Vale Mick Hood benchmark 78 (1400m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.



To be fair, Fortress Command only contested group races last season including the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, a pair of Group IIs and a Group III.

“We always had a bit of an opinion of him early. He had a chip taken out of a front joint and he was always a run behind in the autumn,” Ryan told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“He was nearly on his way to Singapore but I asked Mr C (Chen) if I can give him one prep as a gelding and he has come back a lot stronger horse.

“Where he heads to, I’m not sure. I might have got it wrong when I thought he would get a journey he might just like it up to 1600m. Now as a 4yo gelding I think her will get through his grade all right.

Prairie Star

“I’ve got two half-sisters to him at home (the 3yo Vancouver filly Namoi and the 2yo Exceed And Excel filly Batemans Bay) both unraced, so I hope it all goes well for Sun Bloodstock.”

A half-sister to the Group III Quezette Stakes runner-up Leotie (Darci Brahma) Fortress Command is the third winner from as many to race out of High Chaparral (IRE) mare Prairie Star who was purchased by Sun Stud for $240,000 out of the Bell View Park Stud draft at the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.

A stakes-placed winner of five races, Prairie Star is a half-sister to the high-class stakes winner Marianne and the Group 1 SAJC Schweppes Oaks runner-up Our Miss Jones.

Prairie Star has a yearling colt by Thonum and foaled a Snitzel colt on August 20.


Race Result - Vale Mick Hood (Bm78) 1400m

Warwick Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 1:22.67
Fortress Command
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: N Rawiller 58
4g Sebring (AUS) x Prairie Star (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
T: Gary & John Moore J: K Mc Evoy 57.5
4h Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Cat By The Tale (USA) (Tale Of The Cat (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $1,000,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: James Moore Racing
The Bald Eagle
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: B Avdulla 55.5
6g All American (AUS) x Salutations (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Hawkes Racing
T: K A Lees J: J R Collett 59
6g Lonhro (AUS) x Happy Hussy (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Eliza Park International, Kerrie
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
Navy Cross
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Q Krogh 60
4g I Am Invincible (AUS) x Watchful (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $700,000
V:Aquis Farm Wonglepong Qld
B: Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott/Blue Sky (FBAA)
Valentino Rossa
T: J C Coyle J: Thomas Stockdale 58
7g Testa Rossa (AUS) x Sassybella (NZ) (Viking Ruler (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $75,000
V:Willow Park Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Jason Coyle
Green Mountain
T: M J Dunn J: R Hutchings 56.5
6g Street Cry (IRE) x Berengaria (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Magus Equine
T: K A Lees J: Ms L Day 57
4g Animal Kingdom (USA) x Flowerchild (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $115,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Australian Bloodstock Pty Ltd
Royal Tudor
T: R E Ollerton J: Tom Sherry 60
8g Snippetson (AUS) x Cute And Cuddly (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
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