Tuesday 24 January 2017

O'Brien lands Ascot glory after Moore 'nightmare'

Marcus Armytage

Published 17/06/2016 | 02:30

Ryan Moore Picture: Getty
Ryan Moore Picture: Getty

Aidan O'Brien had endured a relatively quiet first couple of days at Royal Ascot by his standards - until yesterday when, in just 40 minutes, his landmark 50th Royal winner preceded victory in the week's most coveted race, the Ascot Gold Cup, for Order Of St George.

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Despite this year's Gold Cup being run in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday, the one guarantee with 17 runners - a field only equalled in size twice since the War - and a generous range of abilities was that the race would be rough.

Ryan Moore, after what was his third winner of the week, described the race as a "nightmare", saying he had been giving the horse a breather but "not by choice."

"It was a rough old race," he added. "I was in the middle and it wasn't smooth, but the horse has a fair bit of pace and a lot of class."

Irish Independent

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