St Leger: Capri wins Doncaster Classic for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien

The grey Capri won the St Leger by half a length from Crystal Ocean

The 3-1 favourite Capri, ridden by Ryan Moore, won the St Leger at Doncaster for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Moore gained his first victory in the world’s oldest Classic as the Irish Derby winner beat runner-up Crystal Ocean and third-placed Stradivarius.

The grey Capri prevailed after a battle down the straight to give O’Brien his fifth triumph in the race.

“He’s a horse with a lot of class and Ryan gave him a great ride,” said the Irish trainer.

Classic winners
Ryan Moore: Now has victories in all five British Classics after previous wins in the 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, the Derby and the Oaks.
Aidan O’Brien: This was an eighth win in 10 British and Irish Classics this season for O’Brien

O’Brien saddled four in the 11-runner race, considered one of the best renewals in recent years, and his outsider The Anvil set the early pace.

Stradivarius, under James Doyle for four-time winning trainer John Gosden, took the lead with four furlongs to go,

Crystal Ocean also mounted a challenge but Capri had enough left to see off his rivals in the mile and six-furlong contest.

“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,” said Moore.

“It was a very good performance in a very good St Leger.”

Asked for his reaction on winning the race for the first time, Moore replied: “It means you have to win it again, really.”

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