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First Command could back up in Australia Stakes

By Adrian Dunn TVN Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 12:02 PM

ANTHONY Freedman is considering backing-up yesterday’s Kensington Stakes winner First Command in Friday night’s Essendon Mazda Australia Stakes (1200 m) at Moonee Valley.


Freedman said First Command had been nominated for the $220,000 Stakes (1200 m), but would hold off on a final decision until Wednesday.


Apart from First Command, the Australia Stakes has so far attracted multiple Group 2 winner Pinwheel, Christmas Stakes winner Undeniably and runner-up Sea Lord, Listed Raced winner Koonoomoo and Outlandish Lad.


Entries close tomorrow at noon.


“He would have to be spot on again,” Freedman said.


“He didn’t have an overly hard run at Flemington. I know how he’s got to be.”


Freedman has sent First Command, which has won both its starts this campaign, down to the family training base at Rye.


“He’ll spend every day down at the beach,” he said.


First Command has normally had at least a fortnight between runs, but did have a nine-day back up in the spring of 2010.


He finished third behind Temple Of Boom in a 1000 metre Listed Race then backed up in the Heffernan Stakes where he finished fourth behind Avenue.



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