Yucatan heads O'Brien Trophy hopes with Capri out


Yucatan: Was a springer for the Racing Post Trophy on Wednesday

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 By David Baxter 10:34AM 20 OCT 2016 

THE rush of money for Yucatan on Wednesday looked well-placed following Thursday’s declarations for the Racing Post Trophy, as stablemate, and original favourite Capri, did not feature.

Instead, from his six entries, trainer Aidan O’Brien also relies on The Anvil and Finn McCool, with Sir John Lavery and Douglas Macarthur also scratched.

Speaking on Wednesday, O’Brien indicated that Yucatan had “progressed again”, from his Beresford Stakes second behind Capri, and stopped short of saying Capri was a definite runner, adding he “could join” Yucatan.

Ten runners have been declared for the final British Group 1 of the season, with Sir Dancealot, Bay Of Poets and Raheen House also engaged.

Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up Salouen is set to go for Sylvester Kirk, with Brutal, Contrapposto and Rivet completing the field.

Bookmaker reaction

Following the declarations, Yucatan is the general evens favourite, having started the week at 5-1. Coral make him an 11-10 chance, and spokesman David Stevens said: “The market spoke strongly in favour of Yucatan this week, who was a 5-1 shot when we opened betting on Monday.

“Despite some initial support for Capri, as the week went on he became friendless in the betting, and so it’s not a huge surprise he didn’t feature among the final declarations.”

Next best is Rivet at 5-1, with Sir Dancealot an 8-1 chance.

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