Flag Of Honour crowned Cup king at Curragh

Aidan O’Brien’s stayer on the mark under Ryan Moore

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Flag Of Honour led home a one-two for Aidan O’Brien in the Comer Group International Curragh Cup.

The Ballydoyle handler had claimed this prize five times in the last 10 years and this season saddled Flag Of Honour, Giuseppe Garibaldi and Victory Salute in the one-mile-six-furlong Group Two.

Ryan Moore sent 7-2 shot Flag Of Honour straight to the lead and while his better fancied stablemate Giuseppe Garibaldi (11-8 favourite) did his best to close the gap late on under Seamie Heffernan, there was a length and a half between them at the line.

The victory completed a treble on the day for O’Brien and Moore following the earlier Group-race victories of So Perfect and Yucatan.

The formidable combination end the three-day meeting at the Curragh with nine winners overall, having also enjoyed three winners on Friday evening and again on Saturday.

“Ryan thought that the trip was no problem for him and he said he handles an ease as well as fast ground,” said O’Brien.

“He said he could be a St Leger horse and could turn into a Melbourne Cup horse. Rekindling won that race last year. They are the possibilities.

“This horse would have run in a Derby if we had had him in it. It was good to find out that he gets this trip.”

Flag Of Honour crowned Cup king at Curragh
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