Aiden O’Brien has trained the winner of the St Leger four times and Capri can give the trainer another success in the final Classic of the season at Doncaster next Saturday. The race lost some of its lustre about ten years ago but is now a worthy climax to the Classic season.
In 2012 Camelot was trying to win the Triple Crown for O’Brien having won the Guineas and Derby earlier in the season. The horse just missed out, finishing second to Encke but the occasion gave the race a boost. The St Leger Meeting is huge for Doncaster and the local people.
Capri won the Irish Derby at the Curragh in June, beating some more fancied runners from the O’Brien stable and Cracksman who finished second in the English version at Epsom. The form has worked out well so Capri can enhance O’Brien’s outstanding record in the St Leger.
Capri is the joint favourite with Crystal Ocean at 7/2 with Skybet for the race. That horse has only run five times but the trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, has always held the animal in high regard. That confidence was justified with a win at Group 3 level at Goodwood but on form and ratings Capri will be hard to beat.
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