Stoute: Crys­tal is ef­fec­tive over 10f

The Racing Paper - - News -

SIR Michael Stoute’s Crys­tal Ocean is Cracks­man’s big­gest dan­ger in he Cham­pion Stakes, ac­cord­ing to the book­mak­ers, and showed when sec­ond to sta­ble­mate Poet’s Word in the King George that he be­longs at this level.

Stoute said: “It would have been bet­ter for the owner if he’d won the King George, but it was a very brave ef­fort and we’ve re­ally been pleased with the way he has pro­gressed.

“He will be drop­ping back in dis­tance, but he is ef­fec­tive at 10 fur­longs.”

Ai­dan O’Brien’s Capri missed a large part of the sea­son through in­jury, but showed he re­tained most of his abil­ity with a fine run to be fifth in the Arc.

He does, though, need to prove he has the pace for 10 fur­longs as a St Leger win­ner.

O’Brien said: “He’s in good form and seems to have come out of the Arc well.

“We were very happy with his run at Longchamp.”

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