Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3YO only)
Winner £85,065 – 10 run
Advice: 2 pts win Kingston Hill (11/8 general)
Granddukeoftuscany: Nowhere on his debut but like so many overs from his stable, different horse next time out as he led from the drop of the flag and obliterated his rivals in Tipperary maiden, eventually ending 19 lengths clear; Runner up has won since to give form a little substance and fact Ballydoyle send him here an endorsement although a whole lot more on his plate.
Hartnell: Return at Epsom disappointing but fine effort every time since and tenacious in the finish of Queen’s Vase at Ascot and Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket; Form of latter contest stands up particularly well here and one of many that makes each/way appeal with guaranteed stamina a plus here.
Indian Maharaja: Looked one of he most promising Ballydoyle had after two impressive odds on wins, the second in a Listed race that hasn’t really worked out (won it at 3/10); Expected to make a winning reappearance in the 2,000 Guineas trial but came back stiff after finishing eighth; Interesting that he’s asked to reappear here.
Kingston Hill: Shaped with such huge promise as 2yo with impressive Racing Post Trophy win and while Guineas came too quickly for him, career best effort at 1m4f when chasing home Australia in the Derby, and drop back in trip and how race developed didn’t suit when fourth in the Eclipse there although form of that effort still rates very highly here.
Marzocco: Second to Observational in the Cocked Hat Stakes but just faded out of things when third in the Queen’s Vase (hampered but wouldn’t have changed position); fifth in the Grand Prix De Paris when wide draw wouldn’t have helped and maybe blinkers will help but needs to improve.
Observational: Dirty scope saw him miss the Derby and then below form at Goodwood behind Snow Sky latest; If he came back to earlier form then improvement surely still to come (only 4 starts) but would need to improve again still.
Odeon: Shaped with great promise when fourth in the Dante and a repeat of that form gives him fine chance but proven too keen for his own good since including when dropped down in trip last time and others make more appeal today.
Postponed: Steadily progressive this year and form of easy Hamilton listed win took a boost when runner up went and won at Goodwood since and Royal Ascot third also creditable; Must be respected here with step up in trip looking as if it could be a help (saw out last win in fine style);
Red Galileo: Shaped with great potential when fifth in the Derby but desperate efforts before and after behind Snow Sky suggest that was a fluke; Has to prove otherwise.
Snow Sky: Reappearance run behind Western Hymn one of great promise and built on that with comprehensive win over Hartnell in Lingfield Derby trial and built on Ascot disappointment (form has been proven to be top notch) and then won Gordon Stakes at Goodwood; Form stands up well but way he just held on disconcerting here; That said, still has fine form claims.
VERDICT: A competitive renewal with any number making appeal as an each/way bet but KINGSTON HILL is the standout here and should take the beating. His fourth in the Eclipse was creditable given how it paid to race prominently that day and back up in trip, it’s hoped that he can reach the level of his Derby second which would make him immensely hard to beat. Snow Sky has the second best form here and makes solid each/way appeal but he was clinging on in the Gordon Stakes and Hartnell could be a better choice along with Postponed and the fascinating Granddukeoftuscany.