By Andy Stephens
Order Of St George had won the 2015 renewal by 11 lengths and this time the winning margin was nine lengths. Those who have accused him of having a soft underbelly and chose to oppose the 2-5 favourite - his four odds-on defeats in his career include a shock 1-7 defeat in last year’s Irish St Leger - never looked like collecting.
Moore must have gone into this weekend entertaining hopes of a bonanza with Churchill, Winter and Gustav Klimt all odds-on to win their respective Group One assignments.
The first two were beaten at Leopardstown on Saturday evening, though, and the jockey was probably still digesting their reverses when told on Sunday morning that Gustav Klimt would be staying in his box because of a stone bruise.
His misfortune continued in the Moyglare Stakes when he switched to Magical, the favourite, after stablemate Clemmie was ruled out. She was beaten a short head by Happily, another O’Brien contender he could have partnered.
By the time of the Irish St Leger he was like a batsman starved of the runs that a decent looking pitch had promised.
But instead of trying to nudge a single, by pouncing late, he effectively walked down the track and hit the ball out of the ground by sending Order Of St George to the front rounding the home turn.
It was a move his opponents were unable to match, with O'Brien's charge galloping on relentlessly. Torcedor and Mount Moriah, both 14-1, filled the places.
Moore said: "He's a brilliant horse. He has an awful lot of ability and was able to express that today."
The five-year-old Galileo colt is now a top-priced 7-4 to win the QIPCO Long Distance Cup at Ascot on October 21 but, before that, will surely have another crack at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The five-year-old, a gallant third last year, is a general 16-1 for the Chantilly showpiece three weeks from now.
O’Brien said: "I'm delighted with him. We know he stays and handles soft ground. He went there strong today.
"His options would be the Melbourne Cup or the Arc. He'd be very comfortable over a mile and a half if there is an ease in the ground at Chantilly.
"Ryan let him relax. He moved him up a little bit and he locked on to him. He just said he kicked into gear and he didn't want to disappoint him then."