WICKLOW Brave, ridden by Frankie Dettori, caused a big shock as he beat the 1-7 favourite Order Of St George to win the Irish St Leger at the Curragh.
Wicklow Brave anded Ireland’s champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins his first ever Classic success on the Flat.
Dettori held on to score with the 11-1 chance as the challenge from last year’s winner came too later under Ryan Moore.
Order Of St George had won his previous six races for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
A jubilant Dettori said: “I didn’t expect that, honestly!
“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.”
He added: “I told Willie there’s no chance of me riding him over hurdles, no chance!”