Capri moves up the gears
GREY’S LEGER WIN GIVES RYAN FULL SET OF CLASSICS
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.
IN OVERDRIVE: Capri and Ryan Moore land the St Leger at Doncaster