Flag Of Honour completes English-Irish Leger double for O’Brien and Moore

Sun 16 Sep 2018

Flag Of Honour made it a Leger double over the weekend for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore with an all-the-way win in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh.

Just 24 hours on from Kew Gardens at Doncaster, Moore employed different tactics aboard Flag Of Honour, who was sent off the 2-1 favourite in the six-runner field.

His opponents did include the Irish Derby winner Latrobe, though, and the two had it between them from some way out.

Having won the Curragh Cup and the Leger Trial on his last two starts, showing a liking for this course and distance, Moore knew there were no stamina doubts and kicked on some way from home.

Latrobe kept him honest inside the final two furlongs, but his petrol tank began to ebb inside the final 100 yards and Flag Of Honour took his record to five wins from 10 starts in winning by two and three-quarter lengths.

Flag Of Honour and Ryan Moore were not for passing in the Irish St Leger
Flag Of Honour and Ryan Moore were not for passing in the Irish St Leger

O’Brien said: “He’s a tough, hardy horse who handles an ease in the ground and he stays very well.

“He has enough class for a mile and a half, but he gets this extended trip well. He’s progressing all the time and is really going the right way and Ryan felt he quickened well.

“The way he picked up there you wouldn’t say that he’d have to step to extreme trips. He’s after having a busy time so we’ll have to see whether he runs again this year.

“He has an entry in the Melbourne Cup, but I’ll have to talk to the lads and see what they’d like to do.”

Moore said: “He’s a very good horse, he’s grown up an awful lot and is taking his racing very well.

“He’s got a fantastic attitude and it was very comfortable the whole way.

“That’s three he’s won over a mile and six now, so obviously he likes it, but he was a good two-year-old and I think we’ve found the key to him now.”

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