Kew Gardens (3c Galileo – Chelsea Rose, by Desert King) landed his second Group 1 success when taking the British St. Leger at Doncaster for Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore partners.
Successful in the Grand Prix De Paris in July, he was last seen finishing a fine third in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. Ridden then and now by Ryan Moore, he tracked the leaders, waiting until the three furlong marker to make headway and led two furlongs from home. Ridden clear, he was driven out to beat the favourite Lah Ti Dar by two and a quarter lengths, with a further four and a half lengths back to the third.
Ryan Moore was full of praise for the winner, saying, “He travelled well and got there really easy. He’s a very uncomplicated, easy horse and he did it very impressively. He tries very hard and has a great attitude to life. He picked up really well. He beat a good field.”
A half-brother to dual Stakes winner and Group 1 second Thawaany, Kew Gardens was bred by Barronstown Stud out of the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Chelsea Rose.