Yucatan: second to Capri in the Beresford Stakes last timePICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)
Yucatan leads O'Brien assault at Doncaster
YUCATAN leads Aidan O'Brien's challenge for an eighth Racing Post Trophy win and a 22nd Group 1 success of the season at Doncaster on Saturday.
O'Brien's winners of the event include High Chaparral, St Nicholas Abbey and Camelot, all of whom went on to achieve multiple top-level victories later in their careers.
A son of Galileo and Breeders' Cup Mile winner Six Perfections, Yucatan goes into this race having finished three-quarters of a length second to stablemate Capri in the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh last month.
Capri, who was favourite for Saturday's race early in the week, now has the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud over 1m2f a week on Sunday as his end of season target, leaving Yucatan favourite for the 1m event.
O'Brien said on Friday: "Yucatan has progressed with every run so far and we've been very happy with him since his run in the Beresford. He won his maiden over the trip and got the mile well at the Curragh last time. He's in good form."
Ryan Moore partners Yucatan for the first time while Ballydoyle is also represented by Navan maiden winner Finn McCool (Donnacha O'Brien) and The Anvil (Seamie Heffernan), who has been placed on all of his four starts, most recently when third in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket two weeks ago.
"Finn McCool was a bit slow to learn but he came good to win his maiden last time and we think there is more to come from him. The Anvil hasn't won but he's been consistent and we think we haven't seen the best of him yet," O'Brien said.