Capri tipped to bound to St Leger glory for Ballydoyle at Doncaster

Saturday 16th September, 2017 - 3:35pm Doncaster - William Hill St Leger

All eyes will be on the final Classic of the season on Saturday afternoon at Doncaster, as an ultra-competitive field goes to the 1m 6f 115y start for what is one of the trickiest St Leger conundrums to work out in recent years, as an Irish Derby winner locks horns with a host of Group winners in what should be a thrilling renewal on Town Moor.

  • Capri beat Cracksman in the Irish Derby at the Curragh
  • Defoe has won his last four races
  • Frankie Dettori opted to ride Coronet over Stradivarius

Saturday 16th September - 3.35pm OddsWon/LostBet
St Leger    
Tips Capri to win    Best Bet @ 4 / 1  

The Favourites

You see an Irish Derby winner in the field trained by Aidan O'Brien then you immediately feel that Capri should be a clear favourite, but the Curragh Classic winner is as big as 4/1 with bet365 to win back-to-back Group 1 races, and you have to feel he is so big due to the competition he will face on Saturday afternoon.

However, the son of Galileo, who finished sixth in the Investec Derby at Epsom, showed a vast improvement last time out, and his form has been given a huge boost in recent times, as Cracksman, who finished second in the Irish Derby has since gone on to sparkle in France, and is being touted as a potential Arc contender.

So, if the Ballydoyle contender can improve for the slight step up in trip, which he should, then he could well be the one to beat, and he should be able to get the better of Sir Michael Stoute's Crystal Ocean (4/1 with Paddy Power), who won the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on his last start, but this will be a whole lot tougher, and he could struggle.

Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni teamed up for victory in this race in 2014 with Kingston Hill, and that pair will be aiming to sparkle again with the progressive Defoe, who has won his last four races, which has seen him venture through the handicap grades and on to a Group 3 win last time out, but this will be a far more difficult task on Saturday, and at 9/2 with BetVictor he marks no value at all.

Stradivarius or Coronet?

Frankie Dettori rode the winner of the St Leger three times between 2005 and 2008,and he had a tough choice on who his mount would be in the 2017 renewal, but he has opted to ride the John Gosden-trained Coronet instead of Stradivarius, and it could be he has made the correct decision.

Coronet has been backed into 6/1 with bet365, and the sole filly in the race has been beaten three times in her last four races by wonder filly Enable, and her last effort when second to the Arc favourite in the Yorkshire Oaks was her best result against her stablemate, and with Dettori knowing how strong her form is then you have to feel that Coronet could play a starring role here.

Stradivarius has won three of his last four starts, and beat Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup last time out, but that rival struggled in the ground that day, and this contest will need a bit more speed than stamina, and while he will be doing all his best work late on, the 9/1 chance with Betway may just find it tough to challenge for victory.

Best Of The Rest

Venice Beach will be the second shot fired from the O'Brien gun, and the Chester Vase winner was last seen finishing second to Cracksman in the Great Voltigeur at York, so he will need to improve on that effort, and at 12/1 with BetVictor can be ignored from a punting perspective.

Rekindling will be another prominent Irish raider, and Joseph O'Brien, who won this race as a jockey on Leading Light in 2013, will aim to saddle the winner, but the 12/1 chance with bet365 was beaten in the Irish St Leger trial, and on his last trip to England found life tough in ther Derby, so he can be scratched off the list.

Raheen House (12/1 with Betfred) won the Bahrain Trophy on his last start, but will need a lot more to land a blow here, while the likes of Count Octave (25/1) and Douglas Macarthur (40/1) are another brace of runners that will struggle in a race that can go the way of the Aidan O'Brien-trained market leader.

2017 St Leger Odds

Posted: Friday, 15th September 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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