O’Brien declares War for Dewhurst

Aidan O’Brien will go with War Command and Friendship from a choice of eight in tomorrow’s Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

O’Brien declares War for Dewhurst

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.

Meanwhile, leading ante-post fancies Domination and Tiger Cliff feature among a maximum field of 34 runners in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket tomorrow.

Domination, trained in Ireland by Charles Byrnes, is significantly higher in the weights than when winning the Cesarewitch Trial over the course and distance last September, but heads the market following back-to-back wins over hurdles at Cork in August.

Fran Berry comes in for the plum ride, with Domination drawn down the middle in stall 16.

Ebor winner Tiger Cliff heads the weights for trainer Jane Cecil and jockey Tom Queally, and breaks from stall 30.

Tiger Cliff is one of two major contenders for owner Henry Ponsonby, with the Nicky Henderson-trained Lieutenant Miller, partnered by Ryan Moore, also drawn high in stall 32.

Henderson also saddles the Richard Hughes-ridden Earth Amber (stall five) as he searches his third Cesarewitch success following the wins of Landing Light (2003) and Caracciola (2008).

Mikel Delzangles’ French raider Smoky Hill (14) has been heavily supported, while other major contenders include Oriental Fox (20), Pallasator (seven), Big Easy (36) and Platinum (21).

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