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Harbour Law added another to the rich 240-year history of the Ladbrokes St Leger by becoming the first horse to be trained by a woman, Laura Mongan, to win the race.
The colt, sent off at 22-1, stuck on in most determined style under George Baker to overhaul Ventura Storm and Housesofparliament in the final strides of the extended 14-furlong feature.
“To go down in history as the first woman to win it is amazing, at least I’ve done something right,” Mongan said. “We’ve felt all along that whatever he did today, he’d be even better next year.
“I think I screamed a lot. I’m in shock. I’m so glad we came here and he’s proved that he can do it. It was a really professional performance by the horse, we knew he’d go somewhere in life.”
Harbour Law, owned by Dorset-based Nick and Jackie Cornwell, cost 30,000 guineas and was unraced as a two-year-old.
The son of Lawman won handicaps at Salisbury and Sandown in the first half of the season and entered the St Leger reckoning when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Sword Fighter in the Queen’s Vase over two miles at Royal Ascot.
He then finished fourth, beaten two lengths, behind Housesofparliament before being given a break ahead of his date at Doncaster.
Before the final Classic of the year, Mongan had said: “It’s the perfect race for him; he’s an out-out stayer who has matured as the year has progressed.
“He’s professional in everything he does, a joy to train, and if he runs up to the level that he has previously been running this year then he’s good enough to be in the frame.”
Harbour Law ran below-par on his return in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot but then ran a cracker back at tbe Berkshire venue when third behind Big Orange and Order Of St George in the Gold Cup.
An elated Mongan said: “I threw my hat off! He didn’t have a great start to the year but has come here 100 per cent and he is a very nice horse. There is a lot more to come from him.
“The ground wasn’t really his and it was far enough for him. The right two horses were in front of us. He has done us proud.”
Unfortunately, Mongan’s joy evaporated 24 hours later when it was discovered Harbour Law had suffered a tendon injury. He is expected to make a full recovery but will not be back in action until 2018.
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