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Ryan Moore: Exclusive views on all my St Leger day rides at Doncaster

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It's the final Classic of the year at Doncaster where Ryan rides highly-fancied Capri in the St Leger. Get Ryan's views on that Group 1 runner and all his other rides here...

"I think Capri has the best form going into the race. I've actually only ever ridden him once, when he won the Beresford on heavy ground at two, so we know the ground won't bother him - though it obviously has been drying as the meeting has progressed - and his Irish Derby defeat of Cracksman and the Epsom winner Wings Of Eagles just about represents the best form on offer."

13:50
Lexington Abbey

He looks to have a solid-enough chance. His comes here in good form, ran well off this mark over 5f at Ascot last time and has plenty of form over this trip, and goes well enough with a bit of cut in the ground, too. And, although he was well beaten in this race last year, he has course form as well. He just looks very solid in an open race.


14:25
Spirit Of Valor

It was no surprise to see him pulled out of the Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday as he is a much better horse on decent ground, so let's hope the ground continues to improve and we miss any more rain. We got badly hampered when still in with a chance at Goodwood last time, so I would ignore that run, and he had earlier shown a really good level of form when second in the Jersey and winning a Group 2 at the Curragh for me. He carries a 3lb penalty for that win, which makes life tough against similarly-rated rivals, but hopefully we haven't seen the best of him yet.

15:00
Mendelssohn

He stepped up a good deal on his debut effort to beat a couple of fair maidens over 1m at the Curragh last time. He gave me a good feel there but he is still very much a work in progress, so hopefully he would have come on again for that outing, though this will be different ground to what he experienced last time. He has got the pedigree and the price tag, and hopefully he will progress with his racing. He will clearly need to if he is to be competitive in this Group 2, though it does lack a stand-out for all there are very promising sorts in here. Seahenge disappointed us a bit at Goodwood but he is better than that. I think Mythical Magic is definitely the one to beat in here, though. I thought he was a lovely horse when he won at Ascot - I rode in the race and he impressed me - and he looked good at Deauville last time, as well.



15:35
Capri

This is the strongest St Leger for a few good years, and you can make a genuine case for about five of six of these. It is a very open race.

I think Capri has the best form going into the race. I've actually only ever ridden him once, when he won the Beresford on heavy ground at two, so we know the ground won't bother him - though it obviously has been drying as the meeting has progressed - and his Irish Derby defeat of Cracksman and the Epsom winner Wings Of Eagles just about represents the best form on offer.

I think he is likely to stay and I wouldn't be concerned that we haven't seen him since the Curragh; Aidan's Leading Light won this on the back of an even longer absence a few years ago.

I think Crystal Ocean brings in the next best level of form. He is progressive and improving, and I personally think he will stay, although his optimum trip could well be 1m4f in the future. He may have won well for me in testing ground at Goodwood but, ideally, he wouldn't want it too soft. But I have a lot of time for this horse. He has a lot of class, and he will go well if it dries out further.

Defoe has a likeable attitude, and we know he will stay and handle the ground, but there are several others in here with similar claims.

However, I just wonder whether Stradivarius' form is good enough to win as it stands, for all that he improved considerably to beat Big Orange at Goodwood, and the ground may not be ideal for him, either.

His stablemate Coronet could prove more dangerous. I think she is highly likely to be suited by the trip and ground, and I can see her running a big race. She has shaped as though the Leger trip will bring out the best in her a few times this season and, if ridden closer to the pace, I think she could be a big improver.

I am not sure Raheen House has the class for all he wasn't far behind Crystal Ocean at Ascot after a troubled run and won the Bahrain Trophy last time, but Rekindling is another with definite prospects.

In fact, the form he has shown in winning the Curragh Cup, and chasing home Order Of St George in the Irish St Leger Trial, makes him a very solid proposition.

And then we have Aidan's other three of The Anvil, Venice Beach and Douglas Macarthur. On his early-season form, which included a Derrinstown win, then Douglas Macarthur isn't a no-hoper, while Venice Beach brings more solid, recent form to the table and he was clearly meeting a high-class horse in the Voltigeur.

In summary, I am pretty sure that I am on the best horse as it stands, and one who I think will be suited by this race, but I genuinely think you can make a persuasive argument for about six in here. There is far more depth to the race than usual.

16:45
Battered

I liked him when he won over 7f in the soft for me at York earlier in the season and he seems to have bounced back to form on his last two starts. He has gone up 7lb for those two efforts, but he looked to stay this mile trip well last time - he bumped into a very progressive horse there, as well - and a bit of ease suits him well.

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