published: 03 Sep 2015 in Freshman 2015

THERE was no better winner-getter than Commands when he was at stud and his son, Sandown Guineas-Gr.2 winner Paximadia, is a typical “chip off the old block”.

A winner of four and in the money in seven of eight Australian starts, the handsome brown, who is 16 hands, is standing his first season at Nick Posa’s Lincoln Farm, Scone on $11,000.
  “Paximadia has been secured by a partnership of leading NSW breeders and this guarantees he will cover a strong book of mares and provide a sound foundation for his future at stud,” Nick Posa said. “With the success of stallions with similar racing profiles, by that I mean Gr.2 or Gr.3 winners with Gr.1 class and speed, Paximadia must be an undeniable chance to make a successful stallion in Australia. By example, I point to horses such as Not a Single Doubt, I Am Invincible, Beneteau, Hinchinbrook and even Commands himself, who was a Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed performer.
  “This horse had toughness and speed and he showed that at Flemington on Derby day when sprinting from the gate to lead all the way and show a real turn of foot to defeat a Gr.1 horse Hucklebuck in the 1600m Carbine Club Stakes-Gr.3. Paximadia has good size and bone. 
He is a very strong and muscular individual typical of his sire line. Physically he has some similarities to his close relation Street Cry but overall he looks like a short course sprinter so I would be confident of him producing strong early types who will appeal to Australian yearling buyers.” 
  Paximadia, whose dam is the Fantastic Light (USA) mare Latona (GB), and whose second dam Grecian Slipper (Sadler’s Wells) is a half-sister to Street Cry and to the dam of Shamardal, won his first start at two over 1400m at Warwick Farm for owner Sheikh Mohammed and trainer Peter Snowden. He was then fourth behind Zoustar in a $120,000 event at Hawkesbury, fourth to Zoustar in the BRC Sires’ Produce-Gr.2 and third in the J.J. Atkins-Gr.1 behind Romantic Touch and Zoustar, missing second by a head.
  He was back in action in the October of his three year-old year, winning the VRC Poseidon Stakes (Yellowglen)-LR over 1410m from I Am Titanium and Champollion. Unplaced in the Gothic Stakes-LR next time out, he made amends by winning the Carbine Club-Gr.3 and then the Sandown Guineas-Gr.2 from Equator and Apollo’s Choice, prompting Peter Snowden to comment, “I believe he is genuine and has the class to step up and win some big races.” Sent to Dubai, Paximadia was midfield in two starts there, the UAE 2000 Guineas and UAE Derby, before being retired.
  Paximadia should prove very popular with breeders as his sire Commands (Danehill (USA)-Cotehele House (GB) by My Swanee), who won the Missile Stakes-Gr.3 and was runner-up in The Expressway-Gr.1, proved such a great sire of winners, topping the Australian sires’ list by winners three times. His winners of more than $93m (66SW) included Gr.1 scorers Appearance (Grand Lodge), Epaulette (Singspiel), Purple (Zabeel), Undue (Bletchingly), Paratroopers (Sanction), Commanding Jewel (Zabeel), Skilled (Quest For Fame), Russeting (Bluebird) and Erewhon (Quest For Fame).
  He is also sire of Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed Rain Affair, whose dam is by Octagonal, a son of Zabeel and Eight Carat (GB), the second dam of Commands, who is a brother to multiple Gr.1 winner Danewin.
  Inbreeding to Eight Carat could also be a key to success with Paximadia, perhaps by using daughters of Lonhro (Octagonal) or his son Denman. Paximadia’s dam, Latona, is by European Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Turf-Gr.1 winner Fantastic Light (Rahy-Jood by Nijinsky), sire of winners of more than $52m. Latona won over 2600m in France and her dam, Grecian Slipper, a daughter of multiple champion sire Sadler’s Wells, won four times in the UK and was fourth in a Listed event. Her 10 winners include stakes winner Magna Graecia (Warning), Graikos (Rainbow Quest) and Parthenon (Dubai Destination). Play today at the best kizi games.
  Third dam, Helen Street (Troy), won the Irish Oaks-Gr.1 and left Gr.1 winner and champion international sire Street Cry (Machiavellian) and his stakes placed sister Helsinki, dam of classic winner and champion sire Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway). Next dam, French Gr.3 winner Waterway is by another major sire in Riverman (Never Bend) and this is family 1l. Paximadia’s seventh dam, Sunny Cove (Nearco), won the Park Hill Stakes and her other descendants include VRC Derby hero King’s High (Full on Aces), Gr.1 winner and sire Sun Prince (Princely Gift) and English Oaks winner Sun Princess (English Prince).
  Paximadia stands alongside Savabeel’s Gr.1 placed half-brother Arlington (Red Ransom (USA)-Savannah Success by Success Express (USA)) whose fee is $5500. His oldest are two this season. n