York Racing Tips: Great Voltigeur Stakes
The Great Voltigeur Stakes is a Group 2 run over 1 mile and 4 furlongs on the first day of York’s Ebor Festival. It is exclusively for 3-year-olds, and is annually described as one of the most important trials for England’s final classic of the year – the St Leger.
Since the turn of the Millenium, 3 winners have gone on to take the St Leger: Milan (2001), Rule of Law (2004) and Lucarno (2007). However, the last 2 winners, Telescope and Postponed, have gone on to prove themselves high-class 12-furlong performers the following year.
The last 10 years have been dominated by trainers John Gosden and Michael Stoute, though neither has a runner here, whilst Aidan O’Brien saddles 3 runners but hasn’t trained the winner since 2003 – maybe leaving the door open for one of the other 4 represented trainers to grab their first Great Voltigeur and the £98,000 first prize.
There are 7 runners set to go to post, and here’s our analysis and tip.
Looked impressive when winning a Group 2 at Royal Ascot and, though the runner-up won since, the form of either race probably isn’t that strong in comparison to others. Finished behind Storm The Stars in France last time, and has to carry a 3lb penalty in this. Trainer David Simcock has had 4 winners from his last 14 runners.
Was fully entitled to win the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot on ratings, but the placed horses have let the form down since. Still open to improvement, but the trip is an unknown having only won over 1 mile and 2 miles, but having never run over any trip in between. Aidan O’Brien 6/16.
Bondi Beach 4/1
Winner of the Group 3 Curragh Cup last time over 14-furlongs, and seemed to appreciate the trip there, which is the same as the St Leger. Open to improvement after just 3 runs, but will probably need to in order to win. Joseph O’Brien rides suggesting he’s the stable’s number one hope.
Giovanni Canaletto 8/1
4th in the English Derby and 3rd in the Irish Derby, but behind Storm The Stars on both occasions. No obvious reason he’ll turn the form around, and Joseph O’Brien prefers Bondi Beach.
Posted his best performance on soft ground, which he’s unlikely to get here, and finished over 7-lengths behind an O’Brien trained horse last time out. Shouldn’t be good enough. Trainer 1/19 this month.
Storm The Stars 7/2
3rd in the English Derby and 2nd in the Irish Derby and, though he was no match for Golden Horn or Jack Hobbs, those performances were certainly good enough for him to warrant being a worthy favourite here. Trainer William Haggas is 5/14, and loves having a winner at his beloved York.
Impressive, and well-backed, when winning a Glorious Goodwood handicap off a mark of 90 last time, but this is a big step-up. Only had two runs though, and not out of the question.
Great Voltigeur Stakes Tip
It’s not impossible that Tashaar, Aloft or Bondi Beach could take a big leap forward – but Storm The Stars has the form in the bag and looks a perfectly acceptable price with his trainer in great form.
Storm The Stars @ 7/2