IT was high fives all round for Aidan O’Brien as he finally won his first Chester Cup with Cleveland.
All week O’Brien and Ryan Moore have been the pair to beat on the Roodee and that rolled on to Friday as O’Brien notched a brilliant fifth victory of the meeting.
Cleveland ridden by Ryan Moore (centre) saw off Coltrane in the £150k Chester Cup
For Moore it was an incredible EIGHTH win from just 11 outings at Chester and he heads to Lingfield today with another strong book of rides.
Moore said: “It’s been a good week. The horses have been running great, they have been all year in fairness, and there’s a lot to look forward to hopefully.”
Well-backed Cleveland cruised through the two and a quarter mile race and daring Moore took a brave line on the inside turning into the straight with five still to pass.
Cleveland responded well and finished best to pick up the stragglers and land some lumpy bets as he returned at just 6-1 having been 8-1 overnight.