Great Voltigeur Stakes Betting Tips – Mogul Appeals Most in St Leger Trial

York Betting Tips · Wednesday, 19th Aug 2020 - 14:45 ·

O’Brien colt a worthy Great Voltigeur Stakes favourite

The main supporting race on the opening day of York’s Ebor Festival on Wednesday is the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes (14:45).

After scoring in good style last time out, Mogul looks to hold leading claims of providing trainer Aidan O’Brien with a fourth winner in the 1m 4f contest which is a key trial for the St Leger.

The son of Galileo was a top class juvenile when winning twice and finishing third to subsequent 2000 Guineas winner Kameko in a Group 1 at Newcastle.

Mogul has had just three starts this season. He looked very ring rusty on return to action when a tenderly handled fourth of six to Pyledriver in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes.

Under a poor tactical ride, Mogul then finished a never nearer seven-length sixth of 16 to stable companion Serpentine in the Epsom Derby.

Connections then dropped him back into Group 2 company and he duly took advantage when landing the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

After being held-up off the pace in fourth by Ryan Moore, Mogul was asked to close and made good headway to challenge at the furlong marker.

He then stayed on powerfully inside the last to beat Highland Chief by three-quarters of a length. Mogul was well on top at the finish and value for a bit more than the winning margin.

There is no reason why he should not conform the form with the re-opposing runner-up, or Subjectivist who finished a further three-quarters of a length behind in third.

He now finally seems to be fulfilling his potential, so Mogul looks a worthy 2/1 favourite with BetVictor to take this en route to a crack at the St Leger.

Berkshire Rocco the each-way value in Great Voltigeur Stakes

Berkshire Rocco has posted two cracking efforts this season, so at 14/1 with Betway looks the each-way value in the race.

This Andrew Balding trained son of Derby winner Sir Percy improved in each of his four outings as a juvenile, coming good at the third time of asking when landing a small field novice contest at Chester by a length from Breathalyze.

That success saw connection pitch him into Group 3 company. Berkshire Rocco was far from disgraced when a keeping on 3 3/4 lengths third of eight to Max Vega in the Zetland Stakes at Newmarket.

He was then on the sidelines for 237 days before finishing a fine 2 3/4 lengths runner-up English King in a 1m 4f Listed contest at Lingfield.

Although no match for the impressive and easy winner, Berkshire Rocco stuck to the task gamely to be beaten 2 3/4 lengths and the pair pulled seven lengths clear of the third home.

It was a highly promising return to action. Berkshire Rocco backed it up with a fine second to Santiago in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot when staying on well to be beaten just under three lengths.

The winner has since gone on to land the Irish Derby before finishing third to Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup, and the front two pulled over eight lengths clear of the third home. That gives the form a strong look.

It also suggests Berkshire Rocco is a big player in the Great Voltigeur Stakes. The booking of William Buick to partner him for the first time also catches the eye as he has a 30 per cent strike rate when teaming up with the yard in the last 12 months.

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Acomb Stakes betting tips – Royal Scimitar can cut rivals down to size

Having created a good impression when scoring on debut, Royal Scimitar looks decent value to take the step up into Group 3 company in his stride and follow-up in the 7f Acomb Stakes for juvenile colts earlier on the card (14:15).

That came in a six-runner contest over 6f at Newbury where the Clive Cox trained son of Territories tracked the leader before staying on strongly inside the final furlong to get up close home and beat Line Of Departure by a neck.

The runner-up has won twice since whilst the fourth and fifth home, Alkumiat and Bhubezi have also gone on to taste success.

That gives the form a solid look and suggests that Royal Scimitar, who was not given an unduly hard time to get the job done, is well worth a crack at this level.

The way in which he hit the line hard also suggested that the extra furlong he now tackles here would be right up his street.

Cox also has team in fine shape and Royal Scimitar is a scopey sort who appeals as the type to go on progressing.

The form of his debut success reads better than that of Cloudbridge, who heads the betting for this on the back of an easy 3 1/4 lengths success at Leicester. So, at 9/2 with Betfair, Royal Scimitar looks well worth a wager to go in again.

Gear Up fared most under SDS

In an eight-runner line-up full of lightly-raced and promising types, Gear Up is feared most following quite a remarkable victory on debut.

That came over course and distance in a 10-runner median auction contest where the Mark Johnston trained son of Teofilo scored by 1 1/2 lengths from Henrik.

After being restrained towards the rear in the early stages, Gear Up made steady headway two from home before running on strongly to win going away.

He got the job done in fine style. This effort can be upgraded too, as he got loose in the preliminaries and wasted plenty of energy before the race itself.

The runner-up also went into the contest on the back of a win, so it was a most taking display to take care of that rival with a bit to spare after his pre-race antics.

Gear Up clearly has a big engine and bags of ability. The fact that his handler now pitches him straight into Group company speaks volumes and suggests he is held in high regard.

This does demand much more, but Gear Up looks sure to make a bold bid to follow-up under Sivestre De Sousa, who was in the plate last time out, and thus appeals most from an each-way betting perspective at 6/1 with Betway.

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