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Order of St George produced a superb late run under jockey Ryan Moore to earn trainer Aidan O’Brien his seventh Ascot Gold Cup triumph.
The pre-race favourite looked to be poorly positioned as the 17-strong field turned for home on the soft ground, but showed his class as he finished strongly on the outside to see off the challenge of the Luca Cumani-trained Mizzou under Andrea Atzeni by three lengths.
Sheikhzayadroad was a further two-and-a-quarter lengths back in third, with Mille et Mille back in fourth after leading the two-mile-four-furlong trek from early on.
Moore was happy to keep Order of St George, a winner on his last four outings, including an eleven-length rout in the Irish St Leger at The Curagh last September, among the bunch for much of the race before striking for home two furlongs out to claim a victory that never looked in doubt once he found space on the outside.
It capped another great day for Ballydoyle trainer O’Brien who had celebrated his 50th winner at the famous Berkshire course earlier in the day.
O'Brien, who also saddled Yeats to four consecutive Gold Cup wins, was quick to praise the winning jockey after the race.
"I'm delighted for the lads. Ryan relaxed him lovely and he rode him well,” he said.
"It was a little bit messy and rough and because he had never run over the trip before, Ryan had to put him to sleep. He's a horse that loves racing."
Moore added: "He's a class horse and class horses win races.
"He picked up very well and after two and a half miles, he was pouring it on at the end.”