Order of St George retains his Irish St Leger crown

Filed on 11 Sep 2017 @ 09:20

Order Of St George (Galileo) became the first horse to retain the Group One Comer Group International Irish St Leger when running riot in the final Classic of the season at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained five-year-old was a nine-length winner of the feature race on day two of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Sunday, providing the winning trainer with his second Group One on the card following the earlier success of Happily in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Reflecting on the weekend, O’Brien said; “We are delighted for everybody and they’ve been two great days. Order Of St George is obviously a very high class horse and we know he stays very well. His options now are the Melbourne Cup and the Arc. He ran very well in the Arc last year and he’d have no problem over a mile and a half on ground with an ease in it.”

Happily led home a 1-2-3 for O’Brien in the Moylgare Stud Stakes, beating Magical by a shorthead to give Donnacha O’Brien a second successive win in the race and it was a fortuitous twist for the former champion apprentice as only 20 minutes before the race he was switched from the runner-up, Magical, for Ryan Moore following the withdrawal of O’Brien’s Clemmie from the race.

“It’s just amazing the way things turned out,” O’Brien said. “They stay well those fillies (that ran) and are all seven furlong or mile fillies. I wouldn’t shorten any of them up.

“They would fillies for the Boussac and the Fillies Mile while Clemmie could go for the Cheveley Park.”

Jim Bolger enjoyed a great day at the Curragh returning to the winners enclosure after the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, a race he previously won with Dawn Approach, New Approach and Teofilo.

Verbal Dexterity is the latest promising two-year-old to represent Bolger and the trainer claimed afterwards; “We loved him here the first day and then I got it wrong when I went back to six. He needs the seven even though he has plenty of toe.

“He’s the real deal. He’s as good as any of the two-year-olds I’ve had. He has a marvellous temperament, great looks. He has everything and is the complete package.”

Bolger went on to win the last race of Irish Champions Weekend when Panstarr won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Northfields’ Handicap under Rory Cleary.

Filed on 11 Sep 2017 @ 09:20