By Glenn Davis
Giant three-year-old Command’n’Conquer could take a vital step towards a winter carnival campaign when the gelding attempts to maintain his unbeaten record at Doomben on Saturday.
Command’n’Conquer steps up to Saturday grade for the first time in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1350m) after winning his previous two starts at the midweeks at Toowoomba and Doomben.
The son of Warhead is one of the biggest three-year-olds racing in south-east Queensland.
“He’s nearly 17 hands and he’s a big boy weighing about 610kgs,” said trainer Steve Tregea.
Command’n’Conquer sat four deep most of the way to win his maiden over 1200 metres at Toowoomba on February 26 before cruising to an easy win when stepping up to 1350 metres at Doomben on March 18.
“He had the outside alley and was four deep the day he won his maiden at Toowoomba then he was trapped three wide when he won at Doomben,” Tregea said.
“It was a terrific win at Doomben and if he can win again, we might look at the winter with him.
“I think he’ll get 1600 metres so the Queensland Guineas might be a suitable race but it’s coming around early this year.”
Tregea raced Command’n’Conquer’s dam Commanding Queen, who was unraced, and bred him when he put her to the stallion, Warhead.
“Command’n’Conquer’s dam is a half-sister to Prioritise and a full sister to Doula who was a pretty smart horse winning six of her 16 races,” Tregea said.
“This is a pretty tough race on Saturday and I’ll see how he goes before deciding about the winter.
“But he’s a very nice horse who stepped up a gear when he won last time at Doomben.
“I think he’s even improved since his last win.”
Tregea said Command’n’Conquer had trimmed down from 630kgs when he was first in training and has untapped ability.
“He’s only really ever worked with a mate in trackwork although he’s had some jumpouts,” Tregea said.
“It’s - what you see is what you get - with him so this race on Saturday will give me a better guide how good he is.”
Racing Queensland webnews - March 26