Capri heads O'Brien Leger 6

Capri heads O’Brien Leger 6

Capri and delighted connections after his Irish Derby win ©Healy Racing Photos Irish Derby hero Capri is one of six possible runners for Aidan O’Brien in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday. 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. 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. 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.
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Review listowel 11th Sep

Warm The Voice completed a hat-trick in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery Handicap at Listowel. Well regarded by Brendan Duke and victorious at Galway and the Curragh, the 7-4 favourite tracked pacesetter Spiorad Saoirse until Kevin Manning asked him for maximum effort a furlong and a half from home. He knuckled down well and although Spiorad Saiorse rallied gamely and Drombeg Dream sprouted wings late,p>Warm The Voice held on by a half a length from the latter. Eire Rock confirmed his debut promise with an authoritative victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Fozzy Stack’s youngster was third on his Gowran Park introduction and sent off the 5-4 favourite here, he made every post a winning one under Chris Hayes to brush aside King Of Leinster by six lengths. Hayes was also on the scoresheet courtesy of Count Of Carabass (11-2) in the Feale Handicap. The Hilary McLoughlin-trained six-year-old landed the prize back in 2014 and after tackling Free To Roam for the lead a furlong out, showed excellent resolution to get the better of the argument by a length and a quarter. Albert and Keith Moriarty teamed up to claim top honours in the Listowel Track Fillies Maiden with Intense Stylist. The 33-1 chance arrived without a victory in 23 previous attempts but was always to the fore and kept going to see off Alahida by three and a half lengths. Classic Theatre made a triumphant beginning to her jumping career in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle. Henry de Bromhead’s 11-10 favourite took it up two out and came home two and three-quarter lengths to the good over Osco Mosco. Spare Brakes (9-2) proved much too strong under Donal McInerney in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle, while Crocodile Dundee (15-2) was a really gallant winner of the Tattersalls Ireland Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle.
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O’Neill Going For Kerry National Repeat

Lisa O’Neill and 2016 winner Wrath Of Titans ©Healy Racing Photos Lisa O’Neill has strong claims of landing back to back Guinness Kerry Nationals as she again teams up with Gigginstown House Stud and Gordon Elliott in tomorrow’s Festival highlight at Listowel. O’Neill partners the in-form Potters Point as she bids to win the prestigious contest for the second year in a row. Davy Russell, successful on Potters Point last time out, rides the higher weighted A Toi Phil for the same connections tomorrow. A Toi Phil is one of seven runners that also took part in last month’s Tote sponsored Galway Plate. This group includes Ruby Walsh’s mount Arbre De Vie and the top weight Lord Scoundrel which was in contention when falling at the second last fence in this race twelve months ago. Sunday’s Listowel winner Kylecrue runs under a five pounds penalty as he goes in search of course victory number five. There are two British runners, Templestatefloresco for Colin Tizzard and Viva Steve from the yard of Fergal O’Brien
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