Doncaster

  • 15:35 William Hill St Leger Stakes 1m 6f 115y

  • Winner £396,970 2nd £150,500 3rd £75,320 4th £37,520
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 4.04s
  • Off time: 15:37:41
15:35 Doncaster Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Capri (IRE) 3/1
2nd Crystal Ocean 5/1
3rd Stradivarius (IRE) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 (9) 13-4361 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Capri (IRE) 77
3 9-1 A P O'Brien R L Moore 120 1001
2 (8) 3-1522 Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Count Octave 21
Beaten Favourite
3 9-1 A M Balding Oisin Murphy 104 1001
3 (1) 2-1331 DARK BLUE, YELLOW cap Crystal Ocean 42
Beaten Favourite
3 9-1 Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley 114 1001
4 (2) 20-1111 Yellow, large Black spots and spots on cap Defoe (IRE) 28
3 9-1 R Varian Andrea Atzeni 113 1001
5 (5) 4-21754 Emerald green, yellow stars, black sleeves and cap Douglas Macarthur (IRE) 24
3 9-1 A P O'Brien E J McNamara 114 1001
6 (11) 14-2341 Dark green, pink braces, quartered cap Raheen House (IRE) 65
3 9-1 B J Meehan A Kirby 110 1001
7 (10) 0-14012 DARK BLUE, WHITE armlets, WHITE cap Rekindling 28
3 9-1 Joseph P O'Brien D O'Brien 114 1001
8 (6) 41-1211 Black, Yellow cap Stradivarius (IRE) 46
3 9-1 J H M Gosden James Doyle 116 1001
9 (4) 30-1308 Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, pink cap The Anvil (IRE) 77
3 9-1 A P O'Brien M C Hussey 108 1001
10 (3) 311032 Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, white cap Venice Beach (IRE) 24
3 9-1 pt A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 113 1001
11 (7) 1-35142 Dark Green, Yellow hoop, Yellow cap Coronet 23
3 8-12 J H M Gosden L Dettori 113 1001

Verdict

Capri’s win in the Irish Derby has been franked and he looks the pick of Aidan O’Brien’s quartet, who are bidding to give Ballydoyle a fifth victory in the world’s oldest classic, ahead of Venice Beach. Stamina will be no problem for Stradivarius as he won the Queen’s Vase at Ascot and followed up against top-class stayers over 2m in the Goodwood Cup, though would probably have preferred a faster surface. Crystal Ocean was placed in the Dante and the King Edward VII Stakes before easily winning the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. That’s a recognised trial for this but the ground has come right for DEFOE, who can give Andrea Atzeni a third win in the last four years. Unbeaten this year, Roger Varian’s grey may have started off in handicaps but the form of his Hamilton win in July could not have worked out any better and he was just as impressive against older horses in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury last time. Newmarket winner Raheen House, not far behind Crystal Ocean at Ascot, could appeal for those seeking each-way value.