O'Brien: Trophy gamble Yucatan has progressed again

Yucatan

Yucatan: favourite across the board for the Racing Post Trophy

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By David Jennings 3:08PM 19 OCT 2016 

RYAN MOORE could side with Yucatan in Saturday’s Racing Post Trophy according to Aidan O’Brien, after the son of Galileo leapfrogged stablemate Capri at the top of the market following a sustained gamble on Wednesday.

Yucatan is as short as evens favourite for the Doncaster Group 1 having started the day as big as 4-1 and O’Brien stressed he had taken a big step forward at home since his Beresford defeat by Capri last month.

Capri, a three-quarter length winner on that occasion, drifted out to 5-2 with Coral, having started Wednesday as a general 5-4 market leader.

“There was not a lot between Yucatan and Capri in the Beresford,” O’Brien told the Racing Post. “Yucatan is progressing nicely, though. He took a big step forward from his debut to win his maiden at the Curragh at the end of August and then he took another big step forward to finish second in the Beresford.

“He has come forward with every run and I think he has progressed again since the Beresford. I have been very happy with him.”

Asked whether Moore might ride Yucatan over Capri, O’Brien replied: “I’m not 100 per cent sure about jockey bookings yet and we have not made any final plans but it is certainly a possibility that Ryan will ride Yucatan.”

‘I could have four runners’

O’Brien currently has six of the 17 possibles for Saturday’s showpiece, the final Group 1 of the season in Britain or Ireland, but Yucatan looks set to spearhead his challenge as he attempts to win the race for a seventh time. His last success arrived with Kingsbarns in 2012.

O’Brien added: “As I have said already, Yucatan is progressing nicely, while Capri could join him in it. The Anvil and Finn McCool are likely runners too. I could have four runners.

“We have yet to decide for definite about Douglas Macarthur and whether he will show up or not.”

‘One-way traffic’

Yucatan heads Coral’s market at evens and David Stevens, spokesman for the bookmaker, said: “Our opening show had Capri at the head of the betting, with Yucatan second favourite, but after an initial flurry of bets for the former – which saw him shorten from 11-8 to evens – it has been one-way traffic for the latter in the last 24 hours.

“It would now be a major surprise if he did not start favourite on Saturday.”

 
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