Tuesday 28 March 2017

Jonathan Moore rules on Leopardstown hero Empire of Dirt

Empire Of Dirt, with Jonathan Moore up, jumps the last on their way to winning the Coral.ie Leopardstown Handicap Steeplechase at Leopardstown Racecourse. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Empire Of Dirt, with Jonathan Moore up, jumps the last on their way to winning the Coral.ie Leopardstown Handicap Steeplechase at Leopardstown Racecourse. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Young rider Jonathan Moore had his 7lb claim reduced to 5lb when landing a big-race success on Empire Of Dirt in the Coral.ie Leopardstown Handicap Chase at the Dublin venue.

One of three Gigginstown House Stud horses in an 11-runner line-up, Empire Of Dirt (8-1) came through to lead after the second-last after old warrior Seabass had made the running.

The nine-year-old, trained by Colm Murphy, kept away Killer Crow, also in the Gigginstown colours, to get home by two and a quarter lengths Seabass stuck on gamely to hold third place, just two lengths further back.

Moore said: "He jumped from fence to fence. Once I got my gap, I sent him on. He was game and he jumped unbelievable. It's a great training performance from Colm Murphy."

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