Order Of St George suffered a shock defeat in the race 12 months ago and O’Brien is hopeful that won’t be happening again this year with his stayer in great form at home
ORDER OF ST GEORGE is in great shape ahead of the Comer Group International Irish St Leger at The Curragh on Sunday.
An 11-length winner of the race two years ago, he was turned over at prohibitive odds 12 months ago by Willie Mullins’ Wicklow Brave.
O’Brien said: “He’s good and I’m happy with him. He was obviously only at the Curragh a couple of weeks ago. He’s in good form and he handled the ease in the ground well last time.
“We’re very happy with him, he had a break after the trial. We were delighted with him at the Curragh and we’ve been delighted with him since.”
Wicklow Brave is back again for Mullins and while he did add a Grade 1 win over hurdles at the Punchestown Festival to enter an elite club, he is without a subsequent Flat success.
Mullins said: “Frankie Dettori rode him last year, it was a fantastic day and he gave him a great ride. We were probably a little lucky but the lucky ones count.
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“This year it looks like he’s only running for place money. It’s going to be one of the biggest races of the festival.”
It is far from a penalty kick for Order Of St George, though, with Sir Michael Stoute fielding Dartmouth over what might be his best trip.
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Another not to be ruled out is Jessica Harrington’s Torcedor, who beat the favourite at Navan in April and finished fifth in the Gold Cup .
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