Moore com­pletes set on classy Capri

Sunday Sun - - Racing -

Capri (right) rid­den by Ryan Moore wins The Wil­liam Hill St Leger Stakes, dur­ing day four of the Wil­liam Hill St Leger Fes­ti­val RYAN Moore com­pleted the full set of Bri­tish Clas­sics in se­cur­ing the Wil­liam Hill St Leger on Capri at Don­caster.

Firmly es­tab­lished as one of the best jockeys in the world, Moore was at his best as he drove the Ai­dan O’Bri­en­trained grey to a mo­men­tous vic­tory over the per­sis­tent Crys­tal Ocean and Stradivarius.

The son of Galileo be­came the first horse since Triple Crown hero Ni­jin­sky in 1970 to win both the Ir­ish Derby and the St Leger, in his first race since his suc­cess at the Cur­ragh 77 days ear­lier.

A set­back had pre­vented Capri from hav­ing a prep run in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last month, but his class shone through in a race set up by the Bal­ly­doyle bat­tal­ion.

John Gos­den’s Stradivarius looked a real threat on the far rail, but Capri (3-1 favourite) was al­ready close to the pace and set sail for home in­side the fi­nal quar­ter-mile.

Crys­tal Ocean, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, made a strong run from the rear, but Capri held the aces to score by half a length, with Stradivarius was just a short­head away in third.

Moore said: “When Crys­tal Ocean came to him, he dug in. He’s done very lit­tle wrong in his ca­reer and has pro­gressed from race to race.

“It was a re­ally hard race, but he didn’t look like a horse who’d had a hard race. I just feel it was a very good Leger – in

Jockey Ryan Moore poses with the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Wil­liam Hill St Leger Stakes on Capri nor­mal years the first three would be wor­thy win­ners.

“He’s shown he stays well, but he’s an Ir­ish Derby win­ner and that form looked very good. Ev­ery­thing had every chance, but he fought them off and was the best horse.”

On win­ning the race for the first time, he said: “It means you have to win it again, re­ally.”

O’Brien, win­ning his fifth Leger, said: “We were all de­lighted with him. He had a lit­tle blip at York time (when he missed the Great Voltigeur). We were a lit­tle wor­ried com­ing here, but Ryan gave him a class ride.

“We knew if we set a good pace for ev­ery­one we’d find out who the best horse was in the straight.

“He’s a horse with a lot of class, which we saw in the Ir­ish Derby. When Ryan wanted it, he gave it to him.

“Sea­mus (Hef­fer­nan) rides him a lot at home and has al­ways been a big be­liever in him. He al­ways said he had class and that he would stay.

“Ryan had rid­den him once be­fore when win­ning the Beres­ford on him, but that was last sea­son.

“I was a bit wor­ried about that as well, but it all went great.”

He added: “As he had a blip at York we were wor­ried com­ing here, but that he would im­prove a bit for the run.

“We had it in our heads that if all went well to­day and ev­ery­thing went well af­ter he could run in the Arc.

“Ob­vi­ously the lads (Cool­more) will de­cide what they want to do – run him again or put him away.

“He’s prob­a­bly a mile-and-a-half horse with class, so he’d have no problem go­ing a mile and a quar­ter.

“He has a great cruis­ing speed and we al­ways thought he had courage and stamina as well as class.”

Capri was cut to 20-1 from 25-1 for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe with Paddy Power, and 16-1 from 20-1 with RaceBets.

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