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Sunday 4 December 2016

Jonathan Moore rules on Leopardstown hero Empire of Dirt

Published 17/01/2016 | 15:27

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.

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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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