Thursday 19 October 2017

Upping the ante

Aidan O’Brien patently has two top-class middle-distance colts on his hands and the challenge will be what to do with the other four he ran in the race. Stock photo: Getty
Aidan O’Brien patently has two top-class middle-distance colts on his hands and the challenge will be what to do with the other four he ran in the race. Stock photo: Getty

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The talk after the Derby on Saturday was that the first, second and third - Wings Of Eagles, Cliffs Of Moher and Cracksman - might all clash again in the Irish Derby.

All the talk of the Curragh being unable to host enough people on Derby day would surely resurface if that proves to be true. Aidan O'Brien patently has two top-class middle-distance colts on his hands and the challenge will be what to do with the other four he ran in the race.

Wings Of Eagles has been put in as 5/1 favourite for the Leger and he may end up going down that route, but the temptation is to look elsewhere in the Ballydoyle barn for the winner. And the answer looks to be Capri.

The grey did not run badly in sixth, just lacking the speed to threaten seriously, and his breeding suggests a step up in yardage will suit. He may go off much shorter than his price now. BET: Capri in English St Leger, 1pt win 16/1

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