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Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Flag Of Honour delivers second St Leger in 24 hours for O'Brien and Moore

Flag Of Honour is clear of Latrobe (white cap) in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh
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A day after Kew Gardens' triumph at Doncaster, Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore achieved a memorable St Leger double when Flag Of Honour landed the Comer Group-sponsored Irish equivalent at the Curragh.

It was a fifth win in the race for O'Brien, and Flag Of Honour's all-the-way win means that the Ballydoyle trainer avoided a repeat of 2005, the last time he went through a season without at least one Irish Classic victory.

Flag Of Honour was cut to 33-1 (from 40) for the Melbourne Cup by Paddy Power, but all O'Brien would say about that was: "He's entered but we'll wait and see – he's had quite a busy time."

Irish St Leger result and race replay

The winner found plenty to beat Irish Derby hero Latrobe by two and three-quarter lengths, and O'Brien described the son of Galileo as "a tough, hardy colt who handles good ground and easy ground".

The trainer added: "He really blossomed when we upped him in trip, and that was his third course-and-distance win.

"He's now won a Group 2, Group 3 and Group 1 over the distance, and has been progressing all the time.

"Ryan said he's a very uncomplicated horse and a very genuine one and that he really quickened when he wanted him to."

Talking shop: Aidan O'Brien briefs the media after landing his second St Leger in 24 hours

Of Kew Gardens, who had provided him with a sixth Doncaster Leger win on Saturday, O'Brien added: "The way the lads were talking last night the Arc is definitely an option.

"When I spoke with Ryan about the horse he said that while Kew Gardens will stay further, we don't need to go the Gold Cup distance with him and that he'd have no problem going back to a mile and a half.

"He has a Group 1 win to his credit over the trip. We'll see how he is over the next week or so, then make a decision about Longchamp."

O'Brien's previous Irish St Leger victories were achieved with Yeats (2007), Septimus (2008) and the recently retired Order Of St George in 2015 and 2017.

Moore, meanwhile, was winning the race for the second time after his success on Order Of St George a year ago.

Trainer Joseph O'Brien said of Latrobe: "He travelled well and quickened up, but he just couldn't make any impression on the winner.

"It's too soon to be talking about what might happen next. We will see how he is in the morning and talk to his owners, Lloyd and Nick Williams in Australia.

"We have another ten days or so before needing to decide if he'll go into quarantine for Melbourne."

British raider Weekender, ridden by Frankie Dettori, was one and three-quarter lengths behind Latrobe in third place, with Twilight Payment a neck back in fourth.

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Ryan said he's a very uncomplicated horse and a very genuine one and that he really quickened when he wanted him to
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