Racing: Commander sold to Japan

JAPAN claimed another of Britain's top horses yesterday, when Commander In Chief, the dual Derby winner, was sold for an estimated pounds 4m.

Khalid Abdullah's colt will be shipped to Japan next month by the Yushun Company to take up stallion duties for the 1994 covering season.

Commander In Chief is the second successive Derby winner to fall to the power of the yen following Dr Devious. Other colts who are on their way to the East include White Muzzle and Opera House.

Commander In Chief, who was trained by Henry Cecil, ran for just one season. Too immature to race as a two-year-old, he ran six times this year, winning five before losing his unbeaten record in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

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