Military Order Seals Lingfield Trials Double For Godolphin

With match fitness an advantage leading into Saturday’s Listed Fitzdares Lingfield Derby Trial S., it was Godolphin nominee and G1 Betfred Derby entry Military Order (Ire) (Frankel {GB}–Anna Salai, by Dubawi {Ire}) who stepped forward for a career high in the 12-furlong test.

He set the seal on a Lingfield Trials double for the Godolphin-Appleby-Buick triumvirate with a 1 1/4-length success from impressive Newmarket winner Waipiro (Ire) (Australia {GB}), with The King’s Listed Newmarket S. runner-up Circle Of Fire (GB) (Almanzor {Fr}) trailing home 4 1/4 lengths adrift in third.

The even-money favourite slipped from an early third passing the judge first time to race fifth along the backstraight. Seizing an opening and quickening smartly to gain a narrow advantage rounding the home turn, he was tackled by Waipiro at the top of the straight and stayed on powerfully under a late drive to defeat that rival in ultimately snug fashion.

Prior to winning on seasonal return at Newmarket last month, Military Order backed up an Oct. 1 debut fourth at HQ with a breakthrough score back there later that month in the second of two juvenile outings.

Military Order, the fifth of six live foals, is one of two scorers produced by GSW G1 Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Anna Salai (Dubawi {Ire}), the other being G1 Derby and G1 King George hero Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}). The April-foaled homebred bay is also half to an unnamed 2-year-old filly by Exceed And Excel (Aus). Anna Salai is kin to three stakes performers and to the dams of G1 Prix Lean-Luc Lagardere-winning sire National Defense (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) and stakes-winning G1 Woolavington 2000 third Dubai Gina (Aus) (Dubai Destination).

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