Thursday 18 January 2018

Aidan O'Brien's Order of St George romps home in Irish St Leger

KILDARE, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Ryan Moore riding Order Of St George easily win The Comer Group International Irish St Leger at Curragh Racecourse on September 10, 2017 in Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
KILDARE, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Ryan Moore riding Order Of St George easily win The Comer Group International Irish St Leger at Curragh Racecourse on September 10, 2017 in Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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Order Of St George left his rivals trailing in his wake as he claimed his second victory in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's charge was an 11-length winner of the one-mile-six-furlong Classic in 2015, but suffered a shock reverse at the hands of Wicklow Brave when a 1-7 favourite 12 months ago.

The five-year-old came within a short-head of claiming back-to-back renewals of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June, going down after a thrilling tussle with Big Orange, but having regained winning ways in last month's Irish Leger Trial, he was the 2-5 market leader to secure a 10th career success.

With last year's defeat perhaps in his mind, Ryan Moore took the bull by the horns and sent Order Of St George to the front rounding the home turn.

It was a move his opponents were unable to match, with O'Brien's charge galloping on relentlessly to score by nine lengths.

Torcedor was best of the rest in second, while Mount Moriah beat Wicklow Brave to third place.

Moore said: "He's a brilliant horse. He has an awful lot of ability and was able to express that today."

O'Brien added: "I'm delighted with him. We know he stays and handles soft ground. He went there strong today.

"His options would be the Melbourne Cup or the Arc. He'd be very comfortable over a mile and a half if there is an ease in the ground at Chantilly.

"Ryan let him relax. He moved him up a little bit and he locked on to him. He just said he kicked into gear and he didn't want to disappoint him then."

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