Monday 19 February 2018

O'Brien lands Ascot glory after Moore 'nightmare'

Ryan Moore Picture: Getty
Ryan Moore Picture: Getty

Marcus Armytage

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.

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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