Capri moves up the gears


Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport -

Bal­ly­doyle is con­sid­er­ing keep­ing Capri’s engine run­ning for a tilt at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe at Chan­tilly a fort­night to­day.

“We thought that, if we came here and ev­ery­thing was well, we’d have a look at the Arc,” added O’Brien, whose grey is now as short as 8-1 for Europe’s mid­dledis­tance cham­pi­onship.

En­able is 4-5 favourite, but Moore opined: “There is one ex­cep­tional filly but, tak­ing her out, it’s an open Arc.”

Crys­tal Ocean’s trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, was in no doubt a lack of stamina had cost the run­ner-up.

“He was out­stayed,” said Stoute. “It was al­ways a dan­ger, you saw him in those mile-and-a-half races and that’s his trip.

“We won’t run him be­yond a mile and a half again.”

O’Brien’s Sea­henge will now lock swords with next year’s 2,000 Guineas favourite, Ex­pert Eye, af­ter his neck suc­cess un­der the trainer’s son Don­nacha in the Group 2 Howcroft In­dus­trial Sup­plies Cham­pagne Stakes.

“He’s a big, pow­er­ful horse and if he was go­ing to be a De­whurst horse, he needed to run here,” said O’Brien snr.

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