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South Pacific and Seamie Heffernan storm home in King George V Stakes

South Pacific (white cap) beats stablemate Constantinople to win the King George V Stakes
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South Pacific stayed on well under Seamie Heffernan to lead home a 1-2-3 for Aidan O'Brien in the King George V Stakes.

Ryan Moore appeared to have made a race-winning move on the O'Brien-trained Constantinople, but 22-1 shot South Pacific came with a strong run from off the pace to pass his fancied stablemate in the 1m4f handicap.

Eminence chased home the front two with the Mark Johnston-trained Persian Moon the best of the rest in fourth.

It was a first win in the race for the Ballydoyle trainer and his fourth winner of this year’s royal meeting.

O'Brien said: "The horse is progressing. He was a little bit of a baby but is coming along well. He was very happy going a mile and a half and might stay further even.

South Pacific (white cap) gets the better of Constantinople

"All of the first three will progress. They ran off nice marks and we might go for another handicap with them."  

It was also a first winner of the week for Derby-winning rider Heffernan, who partnered Anthony Van Dyck to win the Epsom Classic earlier this month.

Heffernan said: "I wasn't always confident but in fairness to the horse he dug deep.

"I took a chance switching out. You need a brave horse to switch out and keep going because when most horses switch out they don't often finish – but he did."


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South Pacific came with a strong run from off the pace to pass his fancied stablemate
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