York

  • 15:05 Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes 1m 4f

  • Winner £85,065 2nd £32,250 3rd £16,140 4th £8,040
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 27.29s
  • Off time: 15:07:13
15:05 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Postponed (IRE) 5/2
2nd Snow Sky 7/2
3rd Odeon 40/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (10) 61 Pink, royal blue cap, pink spots Granddukeoftuscany (IRE) 55
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 11/26.50
2 (4) 13-5211 DARK GREEN, RED cap, DARK GREEN diamond Hartnell 41
Nag me
3 9-0 M Johnston J Fanning 110 9/25.50
3 (9) 11-8 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Indian Maharaja (IRE) 143
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 99 14/115.00
5 (7) 1-2235 Emerald Green, Black chevrons on sleeves Marzocco (USA) 38
Nag me
3 9-0 b J H M Gosden W Buick 107 8/19.00
6 (2) 2-216 LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, striped cap Observational 21
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-0 R Charlton G Baker 103 14/115.00
7 (8) 5-1474 Light Blue, White stars, armlets and stars on cap Odeon 33
Nag me
3 9-0 J G Given G Lee 103 40/141.00
8 (3) 12-3431 Yellow, large Black spots and spots on cap Postponed (IRE) 33
Nag me
3 9-0 L M Cumani Andrea Atzeni 106 5/23.50
9 (6) 21-4657 Light Blue and Red diamonds, Light Blue sleeves, Red cap, Light Blue diamond Red Galileo 21
Nag me
3 9-0 t1 E A L Dunlop Oisin Murphy 106 33/134.00
10 (1) 18-2141 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Snow Sky 21
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute James Doyle 111 7/24.50
Non runners
4 (5)111-824Kingston Hill39-0R VarianR L Moore120

Verdict

Kingston Hill was the only one to make a race of it with Australia in the Epsom Derby and was strongly fancied to go one better in the Coral-Eclipse. But he was never going the pace at Sandown, only staying on when the leaders had flown. Undoubtedly, a return to 1m4f will suit but connections would have been hoping for a slightly easier surface. At the likely odds, it may be worth taking on Roger Varian's colt with POSTPONED. The latter may be improving as he was most impressive when beating subsequent Goodwood winner Double Bluff in a Listed race at Hamilton last time and has nothing to fear from Odeon on that run. Sir Michael Stoute has trained two of the last three winners and has landed this traditional St Leger trial on six occasions so Snow Sky is greatly respected arriving off the back of a brave victory in the Gordon Stakes when Observational and Red Galileo were behind. He beat Hartnell in the Derby Trial at Lingfield in May but the latter has improved since with wins at Ascot and Newmarket and is a stout stayer.