There was immense excitement about the Longines Irish Champions Weekend’ of Group One action, mostly due to the prospect of watching one of the greatest winners of this race – the Order of St George. Having won this St Leger race six times before and with a competition whose worth stood at €4.25 million, they were definitely a force to be reckoned with. However, all fears vanished when Frankie Dettori, trained by Willie Mullins, obliterated the predictability of Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle winning the show.
This surprisingly successful jockey shrugged off the slow pace at the beginning of the race. In the middle of the race, he was nex to the inside post in the Irish classic, but he then advanced to the front. Dettori did not relent in his half-length victory over defending St. Leger’s multiple times winner Order Of St George.
His win though had been a long time coming as it has been a cumulative effort of 13 years. The interesting part is that a day before the show, the favourite of a Ballydoyle’s English Leger – Idaho, had unshipped his jockey in the straight. After that, O’Brien definitely reminded many people around how dangerous a simple presumption can be in this racing world.
The Irish St Leger results at the Curragh were a huge shock because of Frankie Dettori beating the favourite 1-7 Order of St George. Frankie was riding Wicklow Brave. Dettori held for quite some time before the Willie Mullins-trained racer made a clean break with a score of 11-1 chance. The challenge from the last year’s winner came a little too late under Ryan Moore. The Order Of St George had won the six previous races for the trainer Aidan O’Brien. However, this year, and in this competition, O’Brien trainer was beaten down a spot and ended up in the second place.
In whatever emotional state the champion trainer was in, we can only imagine the feelings which he had after being edged out of the Moyglare’s Stud Stakes success which was contributed by his two sons, Joseph and Donnacha. These boys combined with a goal to win with a 25/1 winner Intricately. The Intricately short-headed Hydrangea, which resulted in the 23-year-old Joseph who is a 1st Group One in his first season with an actual training license and the 18-year-old Donnacha their first top-flight success as jockeys.
In this important race, Dettori decided to send his mount out of the front paid dividends, for the trainer who is more associated with the big jump racing rather than the flat racing Classic. This 45-year-old Italian said that his win was a surprise for everyone, adding that the Classic win is always great. He also commented on Willie saying he’s a top man that his horses are always in a perfect shape. He also noted that they tried something different which worked in the end. With this win, Dettori definitely jumped to the top of classic betting and will be a key feature in subsequent racing competitions.
On his side, Mullins remarked that the horse and the jockey were both brave and outstanding. He will now aim Wicklow Brave at the Melbourne Cup in November.