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Published: 17:04 | 11/9/16

Wicklow Brave takes shock Irish St Leger win

Wicklow Brave ripped up the form books with a stunning victory in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the 11/1 shot was a rank outsider in a race which was expected to be dominated by the 1/7 favourite Order of St George.

Aidan O'Brien's stayer had been in terrific form, winning his last six starts including a superb performance in taking the Gold cup at Royal Ascot, but he was unable to hold off the challenge of Wicklow Brave.

Dettori's plan was to try and dominate the four-horse field and he positioned his mount at the front from the off.

Order of St George was visibly uncomfortable with Ryan Moore doing his best to coax his ride into reeling in the leader and he began to make progress as he upped the pace in the final two furlongs.

But Wicklow Brave held on for a famous victory, one which was National Hunt legend Willie Mullins first Classic success.

Order of St George finished half a length back in second place with Trip To Paris third, just ahead of Silwana.

"I didn't expect that, honestly!," Dettori said afterwards.

"He was very brave and Willie gave me free rein and said if you want to go to the front and do your stuff, work away - I was quite surprised that I didn't hear anybody coming until about a furlong to go and we ground it out in the end.

"It was a surprise, but a Classic win is always great. Willie is a top man, his horses are always in good nick and we tried something different and it worked out. It was always the plan, to set the fractions, in a small field like that.

"I told Willie there's no chance of me riding him over hurdles, no chance!

"He was only about Willie's fourth choice for this too, imagine what Annie Power would do in this race?"

Intricately has taken the honours at an exciting renewal of the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

The victory is Joseph O'Brien’s first Group One success as a trainer.

His father Aidan saddled four of the other six runners in the seven-furlong contest and it was O'Brien senior's Hydrangea that pushed Intricately all the way.

Hydrangea set the pace all the way until Intricately, ridden by Donnacha O’Brien, made her move with the pair neck-and-neck in the final furlong.

However, Intricately edged Padraig Beggy’s mount by a short head to give the 25/1 shot an unlikely win.

In the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes, Churchill scored an impressive victory to enhance his growing reputation.

The Galileo colt was the 4/5 favourite to add to his recent wins in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Tyor Stake and the Futurity Stakes, and he started strongly here, led out by stablemate and early pacemaker Lancaster Bomber.

Ridden by Ryan Moore, Churchill upped the gears with two furlongs remaining, moving to the front with the mount of Frankie Dettori, Mehmas, going with him.

However, Churchill stuck on the after burners and urged clear to score by four and a quarter lengths.

Mehmas claimed second place just ahead of British challenger Lockheed.

"He's a very exciting colt,” Moore said afterwards. “He's done nothing wrong his whole life and I'm sure there'll be plenty more to come from him in the future. He has plenty of pace.

"Mehmas has won two Group Twos over six and when he came to me he found plenty. I think he has a big future."

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