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For much of the extended 14-furlong in the William Hill St Leger, those who had supported Crystal Ocean were on good terms with themselves as the 5-1 chance coasted along.
Running down towards the final furlong, the son of Sea The Stars traded odds-on in-running on Betfair but he could not stay on quite so strongly as Capri, the favourite, and went down by half a length.
“I’d prefer to have won it, but he ran a great race, we’re thrilled with him,” Sir Michael Stoute said. “I thought he was going to win, but we won’t run him beyond a mile and a half again. It was always a danger that he was a mile-and-a-half horse and that’s his trip.
“Jim (Crowley) gave him a lovely ride and I always felt he might win. Jim reported he was always pretty confident, but he was just outstayed.”
Clearly, there is a big race or two over slightly shorter with Crystal Ocean, who has improved with each of his six runs.
On his penultimate start, he won the Qatar Gordon Stakes at Goodwood in impressive style. Before that, he had been placed in the King Edward VII Stakes and Dante.
Crystal Ocean began his 2018 campaign by dropping back to a mile and a quarter and winning a Group 3 race in battling style at Sandown.
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