Jonathan Moore rules on Leopardstown hero Empire of Dirt
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."