St George goes the distance

Order Of St George won at Ascot

Order Of St George pulled off an unlikely victory to get up close home in the Qipco Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

Aidan O'Brien's stayer was sent off the 4-5 market leader, but with two furlongs to run he looked beaten back in fourth, hitting a big price on the exchanges as Torcedor kicked clear.

Gold Cup hero Big Orange was a spent force a long way out on the testing ground and it was Mount Moriah who led them into the straight, with Torcedor on his shoulder.

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When Colm O'Donoghue asked the Jessica Harrington-trained Torcedor for maximum effort he looked sure to collect, but in the final 100 yards he was treading water as Ryan Moore got a late lunge out of Order Of St George.

John Gosden's Goodwood Cup winner Stradivarius stayed on for third under Frankie Dettori.

Moore told ITV Racing: "I was very happy the whole way round and thought I had the first two covered, but they picked up very well and it didn't look likely for a long time. But as they came back to him he began to get motivated and at the line he's won well.

"He's an unbelievably good horse, he ran a very good race in the Arc 20 days ago, he's come here at the end of a long, hard year and looked magnificent.

"He's a pleasure to deal with and we're very lucky to have him."

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