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  • 15:05 sportingbet.com Great Voltigeur Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Group 2) £140,000 added 3yo 8 ran
  • Winner £89,872 2nd £33,990 3rd £16,988 4th £8,486
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 34.94s
  • Off time: 15:05:40

Full result

15:05 York Result 17th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (4) Sea Moon 8-12 R Hughes Sir Michael Stoute 3 11/2
Took keen hold, held up in last trio, smooth headway 4f out, tracking leaders on bit inside final 3f, led approaching final 2f, drew clear over 1f out, stayed on strongly, easily opened 7/2 touched 11/2
2nd (7) 8 Al Kazeem 8-12 S Drowne R Charlton 3 16/1
Held up in 5th, outpaced over 3f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd over 1f out, went modest 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner opened 14/1 touched 16/1 £10000-£550
3rd (3) Seville (GER) 8-12 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 5/6f
Raced in 4th, headway to 2nd inside final 3f, led over 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, chased winner but no impression over 1f out, weakened to 3rd inside final furlong opened 11/10 touched 11/10 £1250-£1000 £6000-£5000 £3000-£2500 £2400-£2000(x2) £1200-£1000(x8) £600-£500 £5500-£5000 £2200-£2000(x2) £550-£500 £25000-£25000 £5000-£5000(x3) £3000-£3000(x4) £2000-£2000(x3) £1000-£1000(x7) £500-£500 £5000-£5500 £2000-£2200(x4) £1000-£1100(x10)
4th (5) Genius Beast (USA) 8-12 K Fallon M Al Zarooni 3 12/1
Held up in last pair, last and struggling 5f out, headway under pressure over 2f out, one pace final 2f opened 16/1 touched 18/1
5th (1) 3 Namibian (IRE) 8-12 S De Sousa M Johnston 3 9/2
Raced in 3rd, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £3000-£540
6th (8) ¾ Hunter's Light (IRE) 8-12 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 3 10/1
Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened soon after opened 14/1 touched 14/1
7th (6) 32 Regent Street (IRE) 8-12 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 33/1
Led and soon clear, reduced lead over 4f out, headed entering final 3f, weakeend over 2f out, soon behind and eased, tailed off opened 33/1 touched 33/1
8th (2) Thimaar (USA) 8-12 R Hills J H M Gosden 3 20/1
Chased clear leader, closed over 4f out, led inside final 3f, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, eased when no chance final 2f, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 20/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.50 Tote Place: £1.70,3.40,1.10
Straight Forecast: £88.64 Exacta: £57.10 Trifecta: £197.50 Swingers: 1&2:8.60 2&3:3.10 1&3:2.80

Jackpot: £20,072.29 carried forward to York, 18th Aug
Placepot: £426.40, Pool: £263574.12, 451.22 winning tickets
Quadpot: £46.00, Pool: £12228.33, 196.53 winning tickets

Verdict

The stand-out performance of the day and a ruthless victory which saw SEA MOON (rightly) jump to St Leger favouritism. It's easy to get carried away with performances, but this was so visually impressive that if he makes it to Doncaster in the same form then he will take plenty of beating, although quotes of even money at this stage make no appeal. Richard Hughes, back riding for Prince Khalid Abdullah in the absence of Ryan Moore, held him up off the pace for most of the way but then made up his ground effortlessly as they turned in. Coming to the near side as the wheat was sorted from the chaff, he seemed to roll into favourite Seville when starting to make his challenge. That didn't put him off however as he was quickly back on the bridle and then mastered Seville quickly, cutting him up slightly, before powering away for an ever increasing winning distance. This race has been a very good trial for the St Leger (most recently Lucarno in 2007) and indeed Sea Moon's close relation Brian Boru was second here before going on to Doncaster glory. He's obviously very progressive and is very highly-thought-of, however he is sure to face a sterner test next month as this field, despite some good form, doesn't appear to have run up to their best. That comment especially applies to hot favourite Seville. He was well-placed throughout, and came through travelling well to launch a challenge with three furlongs to run. However he was quickly brushed aside by the winner, and couldn't muster enough to see off Al Khazeem who finished second. The form of Aidan O'Brien's colt has been at the top level and this was probably the run of a horse who needs a good break. On a side note his stablemate and pacemaker Regent Street was ridden far too aggressively in a first-time visor and might as well have not bothered turning up. Plenty of credit must go to runner-up Al Khazeem who came from a similar position to the winner but lacked his class and turn of foot. This was his first try at the trip and in running so well up in grade he must go down as progressive, and we must be careful that his effort isn't insulted as Seville's is questioned. His jockey did seem to want to hold onto him for as long as possible so perhaps there were some doubts over this longer distance. The disappointment of the race was Namibian who was one of the first off the bridle. He battled away for a while but, after running up the back of Thimaar, dropped away. He needs a break on this evidence, although he did plug on past Hunter's Light who was eased late on. Both Hunter's Light and Genius Beast tried to creep into the race turning in and both got fairly close to the lead, but they were quickly heavily under pressure and they had no answers. Thimaar was eased from an early stage and this was blatantly not his true running.