Trainer Danny O’Brien gets his wish for rain for Order Of Command in Bletchingly Stakes

It might pay to forget Order Of Command’s last run when assessing Saturday’s Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Order Of Command finished more than five lengths from the winner Red Can Man when resuming in the Sir John Monash Stakes on July 10.

The race was run on unusually firm ground for a July meeting, which was detrimental to Order Of Command’s chances of a fresh win.

“There was not a lot in his favour first-up,” the sprinter’s trainer Danny O’Brien said.

“The track was quite firm and we went back from a wide gate so he never really got into it.”

Saturday’s Caulfield meeting is likely to be run on soft ground, which O’Brien said was perfect for the six-year-old sprinter.

Order Of Command finished second to the speedy Eduardo on soft ground in The Galaxy (1100m) at Group 1 level in Sydney three runs back.

Trainer Danny O’Brien is pleased with the prospect of soft ground for Order Of Command in the Bletchingly Stakes. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“He’s much better suited on the soft and his record at Caulfield is excellent so if it does get proper wet, then that would be great,” O’Brien said.

“He’s been such a really consistent horse for us over so many seasons so we just try to place him where we think he can win.

“A big part of that is placing him where we think he can win and a big part of that is to get him on soft ground.

“He gets that on Saturday and he went super in the soft ground in The Galaxy.”

Order Of Command will be the Melbourne Cup-winning trainer’s sole runner in the $160,000 race with his other entry Banquo to wait for next month’s Aurie’s Star Handicap.

Originally published asO’Brien’s Command for rain obeyed

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