Kew Gardens blooms for O'Brien in English St Leger

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Aidan O'Brien's 3/1 chance Kew Gardens foiled the favourite to win the St Leger, the final Classic of the English flat season, at Doncaster on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Victory gave the Irishman, one of the most successful trainers of his generation, a third Classic of the campaign and his sixth success in the one mile, six-and-a-half-furlong race.

Unbeaten 7-4 favourite Lah Ti Dar, ridden by Frankie Dettori and owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the British musical composer, had to make do with second.

Punters had latched on to Lah Ti Dar ever since she destroyed the field in her St Leger warm-up at York last month.

Dettori had the John Gosden-trained filly towards the rear, tracking Ryan Moore on Kew Gardens as O'Brien's Nelson fulfilled pace-making duties up front.

But Moore it was who got first run, surging to the front before the final furlong with Kew Gardens running on strongly to comfortably deny Lah Ti Dar by two and a quarter lengths.

O'Brien's Southern France filled third at 20-1

The winner's part-owner Derrick Smith told The Racing Post: “We recognised early on he was a Leger type and everything went right today. Ryan was in the perfect position. It was very exciting.

“Aidan will decide on plans, but we'll just enjoy today.”

This was the second major race won by Kew Gardens this season, ninth in the English Derby in June following his triumph in the Group One Grand Prix de Paris in July.

And all being well he could well return to France next month for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

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