Turf Talk: O’Brien selects from six for St Leger

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Crystal Ocean is challenging for St Leger favouritism. PIC: Paul Harding/PA Wire
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Crystal Ocean is challenging for St Leger favouritism. PIC: Paul Harding/PA Wire
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Irish Derby hero Capri is one of six possible runners for Aidan O’Brien in Saturday’s William Hill St Leger at Doncaster.

The Galileo colt appears the trainer’s main contender for this year’s renewal, having been given a break since he defeated Cracksman at the Curragh at the start of July. O’Brien could also call upon the lightly-raced Abyssinian, Air Supremacy, Douglas Macarthur, The Anvil and Venice Beach.

Trainer Aidan O' Brien has six possible runners pencilled in for Saturday's St Leger. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

Trainer Aidan O' Brien has six possible runners pencilled in for Saturday's St Leger. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

The Ballydoyle handler first won the Doncaster Classic with Milan in 2001 and since added to his tally with Brian Boru (2003), Scorpion (2005) and Leading Light (2013).

Challenging Capri for favouritism is the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Crystal Ocean. The son of Sea The Stars was placed in the Dante at York and the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot before he impressed in last month’s Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. Champion jockey Jim Crowley has been booked to partner Crystal Ocean for the first time.

John Gosden, who has claimed the St Leger four times, is set to saddle Goodwood Cup winner Stradivarius. Gosden has also left in Coronet, who is the only filly in a potential field of 13 runners. The grey daughter of Dubawi was last seen chasing home esteemed stablemate Enable in the Yorkshire Oaks. Defoe has won his last four starts for Roger Varian and is poised to step up to Group One level for the first time.

Raheen House is also a major contender for Brian Meehan, having won the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket in July. Andrew Balding’s Count Octave and the Joseph O’Brien-trained Rekindling were also left in contention at the confirmation stage.

Dream Today, who made a big impression when winning on his debut at York, is among 12 five-day confirmations for Saturday’s Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes.

SOBOT’S SELECTIONS

DONCASTER: 2.20 Shabaaby, 2.50 Rum Runner, 3.20 Final Venture (treble), 3.50 Poetic Force, 4.20 Important Mission (next best), 4.50 MIRAGE DANCER (NAP), 5.20 Penny Dreadful.

CARLISLE: 2.10 Skyva, 2.40 African Grey, 3.10 Soldier To Follow, 3.40 Zodiakos, 4.10 Isle Of Avalon, 4.40 Ypres, 5.10 Little Jo, 5.40 Ocean Gale.

UTTOXETER: 2.00 Or De Vassy, 2.30 Cup Final, 3.00 Byron Blue, 3.30 Cool Sky, 4.00 The Doorman, 4.30 Number One London.

KEMPTON: 5.45 Dream Farr, 6.15 Tranquil Soul, 6.45 Easy Code, 7.15 Symbol, 7.45 Lethal Impact, 8.15 Shadow Beauty, 8.45 Coverham, 9.15 Just In Time.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute. PIC: Tim Goode/PA Wire

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