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Military Order takes command of G3 Winter Derby


Military Order secured a first G3 victory as he claimed the notable scalp of multiple G1 winner Lord North in the Winter Derby at Southwell, UK, on Saturday, 24 February.

Forest Of Dean established an uncontested lead in the 11-furlong all-weather contest, with the Charlie Appleby-trained Military Order settled in a clear third behind Claymore.

Military Order went second over a furlong and a half from home and took up the running when Forest Of Dean started to fade approaching the final furlong.

Lord North attempted to close but could not get on terms with Military Order, with the full-brother to Adayar finding plenty under Daniel Tudhope for a length verdict.

Daniel Tudhope said: “I rode Military Order in the trial for this, when he travelled great into the race and got there too easily. I was keen to ride him a bit quieter today and not get there too soon.

“I got him running at the leaders and he put his head down when he hit the front. We got racing a long way out and he is a lovely, big horse with a nice, big stride.”