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Crystal Ocean and Capri are St Leger Market Leaders

An impressive field of three-year-old’s will go to post this Saturday in an attempt to win the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster.

Crystal Ocean
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Ajman Princess

The race, run over 1m6f, was won last year by 33/1 shot Harbour Law. This year’s renewal looks just as tasty, with 13 runners now confirmed for Saturday’s showpiece.

Here, the Coral News Team look across the contenders for the final Classic of the season.

The front-runners

Crystal Ocean

The chosen fancy of champion jockey Jim Crowley. Trainer Sir Michael Stoute and Crowley have enjoyed a fruitful partnership this season. The pair teamed up to land the Coral-Eclipse and the Juddmonte International with Ulysses. Crystal Ocean has a fine pedigree having landed the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and is the 10/3 ante-post favourite for this one.

Capri
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Capri

Capri

Aidan O’Brien’s charge is the 7/2 second favourite for the St Leger. He recently saw off Cracksman and Wings of Eagles to claim the Irish Derby. He’s stepped up in trip for this one and is still looking for a maiden win on British soil.

Stradivarius

John Gosden’s three year-old is in fine fettle heading into the final Classic of the season. He won the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. And that was followed up by Group 1 victory in the Goodwood Cup ahead of Big Orange. He carries fine form into this race and is a lively contender at 9/2.

Defoe
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Defoe

Defoe

The Irish-bred horse is unbeaten this season. He’s claimed impressive victories in the Glasgow Stakes and more recently in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury. However, he’s making the step up to Group 1 territory for the first time. Roger Varian’s three-year-old is a progressive horse and it’ll be interesting to see whether he can handle another step up in class. He’s 5/1 to oblige.

Middle of the pack

Coronet

Runner-up to Enable in the Yorkshire Oaks at the Ebor Festival last month. John Gosden’s charge has the capacity to mix it with the best following an impressive Ribblesdale Stakes win when up against Mori at Royal Ascot. Fillies have won two of the last seven renewals, the most recent being Simple Verse in 2015. She’s 8/1 to cause a repeat.

Rekindling

A winner over 1m6f in the Group 2 Curragh Cup. Finishes of 13th and 16th in Group 1 company do not inspire confidence, however. Will need to improve here if he wants to be in contention at 10/1.

Venice Beach

Good for a place but not much else at odds of 10/1. The colt finished runner-up to Cracksman in the Great Voltigeur Stakes after a 1l defeat in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris a month prior. May fare better on softer ground.

Raheen House

One to keep an eye on at 12/1. Brian Maheen’s colt has been aimed towards the St Leger and should go well at long-odds. Victory in the Bahrain Trophy Stakes enhances his claims, although the yard is not in good form of late.

The outsiders

Count Octave

Andrew Balding’s runner has been beaten by Stradivarius and Venice Beach this term. He does have the advantage of having run at this distance before, but in this company will find it difficult at 20s.

Douglas Macarthur

A Group 3 winner at Leopardstown in May, but has been found wanting since. Odds of 33/1 suggest that others have a better chance here.

Abyssinian

Another O’Brien runner, but not one that is not expected to challenge. The colt is 50/1 to repeat the long-odds success of last year’s winner Harbour Law.

Air Supremacy

Son of Galileo shed his maiden tag at the third time of asking last time out at the Curragh. Unlikely to challenge here at odds of 50/1.

The Anvil

A horse with plenty of black type experience. Unfortunately he’s had no success. The 66/1 shot has placed a number of times in Group company but will have to go some to manage that here.

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