Stoute: Crystal is effective over 10f
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.”