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Holdthasigreen triumphs in final classic

28 October 2018

Following the withdrawal of Libello, the Gr.1 Prix Royal Oak, France’s St. Leger, was reduced to just to just eight runners, but it nonetheless lived up to its billing. Exceptionally run at Chantilly, on good to soft ground, Holdthasigreen put his Prix du Cadran defeat behind him to secure a well-deserved maiden Group 1 success.
Although Bruno Audouin’s 6 year-old was well-backed in the domestic market, it was the unbeaten Brundtland and Irish St. Leger winner, Flag Of Honour, who were unsurprisingly sent out with the lion’s share of support. Tony Piccone rode a superbly-judged race from the front, setting a respectable pace for the 3000m event, and held off a host of attacks in the final stages to impose by three parts of a length. Called To The Bar put in a solid finish to run second, with just two short-neck’s separating André Fabre’s 16/1 shot, Morgan Le Faye - who was late finding a gap - and the Charlie Appleby-trained BrundtlandFlag Of Honour was a mere head further back in fifth.
Picture: Holdthasigreen wining the Royal Oak at Chantilly on Sunday