O'Brien first man since 1930s to ride and train a St Leger winner at Doncaster


Galileo Chrome wins a thriller to give 27-year old his fifth Classic win

Saturday, September 12, 2020
Galileo Chrome St Leger at Doncaster

Tom Marquand pilots Joseph O'Brien's Galileo Chrome to victory in the St Leger at Doncaster


Joseph O'Brien wrote his name in more racing history as Galileo Chrome emerged victorious in a brilliant duel to win the St Leger at Doncaster.

O'Brien rode Leading Light to victory in the final Classic of the English season seven years ago and becomes the first man to ride and train a St Leger winner since Harry Wragg in the 1930s.

Watching from the first day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown, O'Brien would have been nervy as his charge battled to the line with Berkshire Rocco in a thrilling finish.

He'd made a late decision to aim the horse at the world's oldest Classic with Tom Marquand taking the ride after regular jockey Shane Crosse tested positive for coronavirus.

It was his first Classic winner and he admitted being lost for words at the performance.

"It's a dream come true," he said. 

"I genuinely feel terrible for Shane. Racing's a great leveller. To pick up a spare ride like this in a British Classic for Joseph O'Brien of all people is incredible.

"He was so tough. He showed a decent turn of foot to pick up through the gaps and to finish the job off through the last furlong, he's exceptionally talented."


This was O'Brien's fifth Classic in England - and his first as a trainer - and he'll be looking for his seventh in Ireland in Sunday's Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh, where Wayne Lordan rides his top contender Twilight Payment.

"He's seven, but he ran a career-best last time on figures, so we've got every chance," he said.

"He'll probably need to do so again but if he does it puts him right in the mix. We're excited about running him and hopeful of a good performance." 

To pick up a spare ride like this in a British Classic for Joseph O'Brien of all people is incredible. This is a dream come true.
- Tom Marquand 

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