Or­der re­stored as St Ge­orge too good for ri­vals in Vin­tage Crop

Ai­dan O’Brien’s Gold Cup win­ner makes up for dis­ap­point­ment at Na­van last year

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Or­der Of St Ge­orge got his sea­son off to a suc­cess­ful start in the Vin­tage Crop Stakes at Na­van yes­ter­day.

The 2016 Gold Cup hero was turned over 12 months ago by Torce­dor when sent off the 4-5 favourite, but made no mis­take this time.

Hav­ing his first race since lift­ing the Bri­tish Cham­pi­ons Long Dis­tance Cup, the six-year-old was much shorter at 2-9 on this oc­ca­sion, but there were few anx­ious mo­ments for his sup­port­ers in the Group Three heat over a mile and three-quar­ters.

Lord Yeats, trained by Jedd O’Ke­effe, set out to make it a true test and Paul Mul­ren­nan upped the tempo when they turned for home. How­ever, Ryan Moore was wise to the move and eased Or­der Of St Ge­orge to­wards the mid­dle of the course to make his chal­lenge.

Lead­ing at the fur­long marker, Ai­dan O’Brien’s charge pulled away to score by five and a half lengths, to com­plete a dou­ble for trainer and jockey fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the So Per­fect in the open­ing maiden.

O’Brien said “Hope­fully he’ll go for the Saval Beg (at Leop­ard­stown on May 25th) which is what we usu­ally do and then on to As­cot.

“He fin­ishes out very well when he gets into his tempo, and he gal­lops up the hill. Ryan said he was very re­laxed and moved very well. They would be the two things that you would love to hear.

“We were look­ing for­ward to get­ting him started, he was well ready to start and will hope­fully progress on to the next one. He was in a nice place.”

Paddy Power left Or­der Of St Ge­orge un­changed at 7-2 for the Gold Cup, al­though RaceBets cut him to 5-2 favourite from 3-1.

The Broghie Man, mean­while, hung on grimly to spring a sur­prise in the Listed Com­mit­ted Stakes.

Top French jockey Ger­ald Mosse – hav­ing his first ride at the track – was at his strong­est to get the Adrian Keat­ley-trained three-year-old home by a short head from the clos­ing Speak In Colours.

Brick By Brick made the run­ning un­til a fur­long from home in the five-and-a-half-fur­long af­fair, where The Broghie Man (10-1) made his de­ci­sive move to lift the prize. The two pro­tag­o­nists drew five lengths clear of Fleet Re­view in third.


Dif­fer­ent League, a Royal As­cot win­ner last year when trained in France by Matthieu Palussiere, never got into a chal­leng­ing po­si­tion on his first start for Ai­dan O’Brien, de­spite be­ing sent off the the 5-4 favourite, and trailed in fifth.

Keat­ley said of his win­ner: “It’s good to get that job done and hope­fully we’ll head to Naas next for the Lacken. There is noth­ing re­ally for him over five, so we’ll go to Naas next and see what hap­pens.

So Per­fect could be Royal As­cot-bound af­ter get­ting up in the dy­ing strides to make a win­ning de­but in the Tara Sires Ir­ish EBF Fil­lies Maiden.

The daugh­ter of Scat Daddy had plenty to do at the fur­long pole, but she re­sponded well to Ryan Moore’s drive once get­ting a clear run on the out­side to put her head in front on the line.

The 4-1 shot col­lared Mater Matuta by a short head, with Sil­ver Ser­vice three-quar­ters of a length away in third.

O’Brien said: “We’re de­lighted with that for a first run. We were wor­ried about the ground and ex­pe­ri­ence, but she is ob­vi­ously a very nice filly. She is a big, pow­er­ful filly. I’d say she is an As­cot filly and could run over five or six [fur­longs]. She could run at Naas [in the Listed Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Sprint over six fur­longs on May 20th] for some more ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Golden Spell (8-1) held the per­sis­tent chal­lenge of Sorelle Delle Rose to claim the Ir­ish Stal­lion Farms EBF Fil­lies Stakes Hand­i­cap.

Ap­pren­tice De­nis Line­han, who claims 5lb, sent the Johnny Murtagh-trained win­ner into the lead well over a fur­long out.

Sorelle Delle Rose closed the gap, but was a short head down at the line. Thisway­cadeaux came home in third place.

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