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Capri gives Ryan Moore first St Leger win

17 Septembre 2017

What a tremendous race as Capri was chased through the closing stages by Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius, both their jockeys in dark silks with yellow caps; it was a stirring sight.

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

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. Capri was fully extended to finish a half-length in front of Crystal Ocean, the 5-1 third choice.

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

Stradivarius, the Goodwood Cup victor, struck for home soon afterwards but Capri's reserves of stamina seemed bottomless as he ground his way into a narrow lead and then defended it grimly as Crystal Ocean and Jim Crowley tried to run him down inside the final furlong.

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"He's a horse with a lot of class and Ryan gave him a great ride", said the Irish trainer. "He's done very little wrong in his career".

"It was a good Leger and the first three home are horses that are very good".

O'Brien said the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on October 1 had been discussed by owners Coolmore.

Capri is the first to score an Irish Derby-St. "I was a bit anxious about that as well, but it all went great".

Capri gives Ryan Moore first St Leger win