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Aidan O'Brien set to wage War on Dewhurst Stakes field

Updated: Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 16:25 | Comments

War Command will bid for a first win at the highest level in the Dewhurst
War Command will bid for a first win at the highest level in the Dewhurst

Aidan O'Brien relies upon War Command and Friendship from a choice of eight in Saturday's Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

The Ballydoyle handler will just run the impressive Coventry Stakes winner War Command, who subsequently met with defeat in the Phoenix Stakes behind Sudirman before returning to winning ways in the Futurity Stakes.

David Wachman's Sudirman was not declared for the Group One over seven furlongs and instead takes the plunge in the Middle Park Stakes on the same card.

Friendship finished fourth in the Futurity and filled the same spot in the National Stakes.

Godolphin supplemented Outstrip and Be Ready earlier in the week, but only the former will represent Sheikh Mohammed's operation after his impressive win in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

Richard Hannon will saddle the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Anjaal, who has not been seen since winning the July Stakes nearly 100 days ago.

Cable Bay will run for Charlie Hills after a string of good efforts, most recently in the Group Three Tattersall Stakes.

Ismail Mohammed, fresh from the biggest success of his career when Educate took the Cambridgeshire, will run Stormardal.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said Be Ready misses the race with a bad scope and is hoping the decision to bypass a trip to Longchamp last weekend pays off with Outstrip.

Crisford said: "We gave Sunday's Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp a miss with Outstrip hoping for better ground in the Dewhurst.

"That is a decision that might backfire, we will have to wait and see.

"However, Outstrip only wouldn't like extremes of ground and, although there is some rain forecast, I don't think that we are going to get extremes."

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