3.05 York – Great Voltigeur Stakes
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2013 Great Voltigeur Stakes: Not Covered
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Zipster – Kingston Hill (2 Picks)
I have gone over the race a few times looking to oppose the favourite but every time I keep coming back to the favourite so I am going to have to go with him today, unbeaten as a 2yo which included wins in the Autumn Stakes (G3) and a very impressive victory in the Racing Post Trophy (G1) but is yet to win as a 3yo although put in a very respectable effort at Epsom when runner up to Australia in the Derby. He has had a couple of races where he has not been at the top of his game this year but if he brings his Derby form here as he steps back up to 12f then he will be difficult to beat today.
Darylrogerson – Kingston Hill (2 Picks)
Realistically I can credit most of the field as being up to winning a Group 3 for sure, maybe a Group 2 if the cards fall right but with essentially a proven Group 1 performer in Kingston Hill having what appears to be favourable conditions I really can’t see past the favourite today.
The likes of Hartnell, Marzocco, Observational, Red Galileo and Snow Sky have all faced each other more than once this season with Snow Sky probably faring best out of the bunch on formlines. Oden was 9 lengths behind Snow Sky in the King George but only 5 lengths behind second favourite Postponed, although Postponed won with a degree of ease that should feasibly cover that perceived deficit. That leaves them, however fairly covered by their official ratings, a full 9lbs or more behind the favourite.
Granddukeoftuscany obviously has a decent reputation at home for him to be as short as 7/1 in this company given he’s only won a maiden to date. It’s worth noting O’Brien has just 2 winners from 18 runners in this race and both had contended at Group level prior to this and in fact he has attempted to win this with 4 horses coming straight form a maiden and none have won.
The average winner of this race over the last 10 years has subsequently been rated at 117 by the handicapper, so I think it’s a real task for him to take such a step up given that even if he does match the average winner in this race he’s likely to still fall short.
Kingston Hill is, in my eyes, a proven Group 1 performer having finished second to Australia in the Derby despite looking slightly ill at ease on the undulating track, 4th in the Coral Eclipse when unsuited by the shorter trip and winning the Racing Post Trophy as a juvenile. . This galloping 1m4f will play to his strengths and this field doesn’t look up to matching his form.