Flag Of Honour (3c Galileo – Hawala, by Warning) confirmed his superiority in the stayers’ division when taking the Group 1 Irish St. Leger at the Curragh, just one day after fellow Barronstown-bred Kew Gardens took the British running.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained bay was last seen winning the relevant trial and was sent off favourite under Ryan Moore. They once again made all of the running, with Moore asking his mount to extend his advantage over three furlongs from home and came under pressure approaching the two furlong marker. Staying on strongly, he asserted comfortably and ran on to beat Irish Derby hero Latrobe by two lengths and three quarters.
A delighted Aidan O’Brien said after the race, “Flag Of Honour really blossomed when we upped him in trip, and that was his third course-and-distance win. He’s now won a Group 2, Group 3 and Group 1 over the distance, and has been progressing all the time. Ryan said he’s a very uncomplicated horse and a very genuine one and that he really quickened when he wanted him to.”