KEW Gardens fended off the late challenge of favourite Lah Ti Dar to give Aidan O’Brien a sixth victory in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster.

Sent off a 3-1 chance in the hands of Ryan Moore, Kew Gardens was buried in the pack early on as stablemate Nelson set the early gallop in company with Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee.

They were lining up in behind with half a mile still to run — where inexperience seemed to tell on the market leader — and Moore was eager to push on, assuming control at the two-furlong point.

Lah Ti Dar eventually did hit her stride for Frankie Dettori, but Kew Gardens had already flown, securing his second Group One victory of the season by two and a quarter lengths.

Fellow O’Brien inmate Southern France kept on for third, a further four and a half lengths adrift.

Kew Gardens won the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot back in June as well as the Grand Prix de Paris in July and O’Brien was delighted to see the Galileo colt add a Classic to his record.

He said: “We couldn’t be happier with him. He’s a horse that’s progressed lovely.

“We saw what he did in (Ascot) and we were delighted with him in France.

“We always thought he was a horse that would stay well and we thought the distance would suit him.

“He has a lot of class and we’re over the moon really.”

-from Irish Times.
-Photo: Press Association.

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