Order Of St George: won the Saval Beg Stakes on Friday evening
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos
By Jack Haynes 7:40PM 3 JUN 2016
Report: Leopardstown, Friday
Seamus & Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes (Listed), 1m6f, 4yo+
ASCOT GOLD CUP favourite Order Of St George enjoyed a straightforward return to action on Friday evening when breezing to victory in the Listed Saval Beg Stakes.
The four-year-old justified prohibitive odds to provide Donnacha O’Brien with a first treble on the card and is now as short as 6-4 with Paddy Power and Betfair to land the Royal Ascot event.
Billy Lee attempted to make all aboard Fact Or Folklore and the pair pinched a five-length lead along the back straight though O’Brien always had the second favourite in sight.
Making his move on the outside of the field, Order Of St George ranged upsides Fact Or Folklore just inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to the line to secure a four-and-a-half length success.
Joseph O’Brien, representing father and trainer Aidan O’Brien, said: “That was the ideal preparation for Ascot. The most important thing about today was that he settled and he settled brilliantly. I was expecting him to get a bit more tired than he did because Dad was a bit worried about his fitness, but he had to come here if he was going to get to Ascot.
“Donnacha said he handled the quick ground fine. He handles quick and soft ground, he’s just a very good horse.”