Ryan Moore believes that Capri will need to return to top form this weekend to have a chance in the Japan Cup in Tokyo, Sky Sports report.

Capri has history of winning big races, coming out on top in the Irish Derby and the St Leger Stakes back in 2017.

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However, the four-year-old, who is trained by Aidan O’Brien, has missed a large part of the campaign this year due to a shoulder injury.

Despite Capri’s previous injury problems, Moore revealed earlier in the week that he is optimistic ahead of the mile-and-a-half race on Sunday, after exercising the grey on the track this week.

Talking to Japan Racing, the 35-year-old said:

We’re very happy with him. He’s travelled and settled in very well.

This year, he started well and then he had a setback after his win. He ran a very credible race in the Arc and I feel that the race in Ascot (Champion Stakes) was too short of a turnaround.

He didn’t run badly, this horse very rarely runs a bad race. His form is very good – when you look back when he won the St Leger, he beat Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius and Rekindling.

Moore then went on to add that Capri will need to replicate the levels of 2017 to come out on top in Tokyo this Sunday.

When he won the Irish Derby he beat Cracksman, Wings Of Eagles and Waldgeist who are all Group One winners.

He needs to come back to that to be involved against some high-class horses and show the exceptional form that he had last year.