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Kew Gardens oozed class and stamina as he gave Aidan O’Brien a sixth victory in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster in 2018.
The colt had previously advertised his claims with wins in the Queen’s Vase and a Group 1 in France earlier in the year and fended off the late challenge of favourite Lah Ti Dar.
Sent off a 3-1 chance in the hands of Ryan Moore, Kew Gardens was buried in the pack early on as stablemate Nelson set the early gallop in company with Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee.
They were lining up in behind with half a mile still to run – where inexperience seemed to tell on the market leader – and Moore was eager to push on, assuming control at the two-furlong point.
The pair never looked like being caught from then on and won by two and a quarter lengths. Southern France, his stablemate, kept on for third, a further four and a half lengths adrift.
“We couldn’t be happier with him. He’s a horse that’s progressed lovely,” O’Brien said of Kew Gardens. “We saw what he did in (Ascot) and we were delighted with him in France.
“We always thought he was a horse that would stay well and we thought the distance would suit him. He has a lot of class and we’re over the moon really.”
Moore added: “He travelled well and got there easy. He’s a very uncomplicated horse with a fantastic attitude and he won it nicely. He kept going well.”
Kew Gardens was having his 12th start at Doncaster and was running in his second Classic, having earlier failed to make much impact in the Investec Derby when aggressively ridden.
In 2019, he came close to landing another Champions Series prize – going down by half a length to Defoe in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom dropped back to a mile and a half.
As a two-year-old, the Galileo colt saved his best for last when landing the Zetland Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Newmarket. It was an early indicator of his stamina reserves.
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