O’Brien plots path for St Leger winner Order Of St George

O’Brien plots path St Leger winner Order St George
10 September 2017; Jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien celebrate with the trophy after winning the Comer Group International Irish St Leger on Order of St George during the Longines Irish Champions Weekend 2017 at The Curragh Racecourse in Co Kildare. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Trainer Aidan O’Brien will target Order Of St George at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe or the Melbourne Cup, after the horse’s winning ride in the Irish St Leger.

Order Of St George, with jockey Ryan Moore on board, galloped to a nine-length victory on Saturday at the Curragh in a repeat of his success in the race of 2015.

In doing so, Order Of St George became just the fifth horse to win the Irish Classic race on two occasions, having also being runner up last year when he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Wicklow Brave.

O’Brien must now decide between Paris, where he came third last year, or Melbourne for the horse’s next outing.

“He’s an unbelievable horse,” said O’Brien. “He has class; you saw what he did in the Arc last year, he handles all grounds and he can stay as far as two and a half miles.

O’Brien plots path St Leger winner Order St George
10 September 2017; Ryan Moore leads Order of St George into the parade ring after winning the Comer Group International Irish St Leger during the Longines Irish Champions Weekend 2017 at The Curragh Racecourse in Co Kildare. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

“He has the choice of returning for the Arc this year or going to the Melbourne Cup. We’ll think about that and the lads will decide.

“I suppose the Arc might be the favoured option, but we’ll see. He’d be very comfortable over a mile and a half if there is an ease in the ground at Chantilly.”

Starting as 2-5 favourite, Moore’s mount justified those odds as he finished some way ahead of 14-1 shots Torcedor and Mount Moriah.

The Queen’s second favourite Dartmouth finished well off the pace.

Moore kept Order Of St George in the middle of the pack as English raider Lord Yeats made the early pace, but there was only going to be one outcome once the winner took the lead with three furlongs remaining.

Delighted

“I’m delighted with him. We know he stays and handles soft ground. He went there strong today,” added O’Brien.

“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.”

Jockey Ryan Moore said: “He’s a brilliant horse. He has an awful lot of ability and was able to express that today.”

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.


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