Capri delivers as favorite in St Leger Stakes

Jim Crowley

Jim Crowley

That changed on Saturday when Moore piloted Irish Derby victor Capri to a half-length victory over Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius, a win which also gave trainer Aidan O'Brien his 18th G1 win of 2017.

Firmly established as one of the best jockeys on the world, Moore was at his best as he drove Capri to victory over the persistent Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius.

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

The John Gosden-trained Stradivarius looked a real threat on the far rail, but Capri (3-1 fav) was already close to the pace and set sail for home inside the final quarter-mile (400m).

Speaking afterwards, Moore said "He's a very good horse, he's an Irish Derby victor and a Group 2-winning two-year-old as well". Capri was fully extended to finish a half-length in front of Crystal Ocean, the 5-1 third choice. "He's done very little wrong in his career".

Not every St Leger over the years has been fantastic in terms of quality, but this was very much on the high side - Moore agreed that those just behind would probably have been good enough to win a "normal" staging.

"He's a horse with a lot of class, which we saw in the Irish Derby", he said. British bookmakers have listed Capri as a 20-1 shot for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly Racecourse in France on October 1. "I was a bit anxious about that as well, but it all went great".

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

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