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St Leger winner Capri to “improve” for return at Naas

12 Apr 2018

Aidan O'Brien will run Capri and Cliffs Of Moher in the rearranged Alleged Stakes at Naas on Friday.

Capri wins a thrilling St Leger. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Aidan O’Brien expects Capri to improve a lot for the run when he makes his seasonal reappearance in the rearranged Toals.com Bookmakers Alleged Stakes at Naas on Friday (3.50).

The grey won the Irish Derby last season en route to winning the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster, a race that forms part of the Long Distance category of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

He has been absent since finishing down the field in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last October and has to concede at least 5lb to each of his four rivals in the ten-furlong Group Three event, with the going described as heavy.

O’Brien said: “He’s just ready to start and will improve a lot from the run. The ground is far from ideal but we need to get him out.”

The trainer also runs Cliffs Of Moher, who lost his way after finishing runner-up in the Investec Derby last summer, and Yucatan.

“Cliffs Of Moher is going to improve a lot also and obviously we’re worried about the ground,” O’Brien said. “He’s just ready to start off, but will turn inside out after the run.

“Yucatan is the same, he is just ready to start, and we’;re just hoping that he runs a nice race.”