Melbourne Cup entrant Flag Of Honour has given trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore a second St Leger win in two days, leading all the way to win the Irish version at the Curragh.
His victory came 24 hours after Kew Gardens won the English Classic at Doncaster.
Flag Of Honour, a son of Galileo, was sent out favourite in the six-runner field which included Irish Derby winner Latrobe who challenged him in the final stages.
What a sire! Today the great Galileo matched his Dad’s – Sadler’s Wells – total of 73 offspring to win Group 1 races worldwide when Flag of Honour won Irish St.Leger at the Curragh today. Frankel (rated 147) his most successful son…so far! #Galileo #irishchampionsweekend pic.twitter.com/qhdDv0M4I2
— Denis Kirwan (@deniskirwan) September 16, 2018
Flag Of Honour’s stamina kicked in over the 2800m and he went on to win by 2-3/4 lengths.
“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,” O’Brien said.
“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 having a busy time so we’ll have to see whether he runs again this year.”
— Racing Victoria (@RacingInsider) September 16, 2018
O’Brien’s son Joseph, trainer of last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, said he would discuss options with Latrobe’s owners who include Lloyd and Nick Williams.