Further Anticipation for York’s Feature Festival
9:32am 4th July 2013
The entries for the Group Two races aimed at the colts have been published and add to the anticipation ahead of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival on the Knavesmire.
The Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur has already heralded thirteen subsequent winners of the Ladbrokes St Leger and the sponsors of the final classic will be interested to note that the top three in the betting market, all have York on their schedule for Wednesday 21 August. Leading Light provided a Royal Ascot winner for Aidan O’Brien, as did Hillstar for Sir Michael Stoute. Already placed in both the English and Irish Derbys, Galileo Rock has been entered by David Wachman amongst an eighteen strong contingent from the Emerald Isle. A four handed challenge from the home county could well be led by Libertarian, impressive in winning the Betfred Dante in May, a return to the same winner’s enclosure to collect the bulk of the £150,000 prize pot would please new owners, Godolphin.
The richest ever renewal of the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes on Saturday 24 August could see the £200,000 prize contested by a very strong crop of juvenile colts. The Coolmore team tasted Royal Ascot success with War Command and a Coventry Stakes rematch with Parbold is on the cards. The latter was trained to impressive Dante Festival victory at York by Richard Fahey and looks the pick of fifteen Yorkshire contenders that also includes Astaire, a winner for the in form yard of Kevin Ryan at Pontefract recently.
The Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes: Wednesday 21 August
Arab Spring, Ashdan, Au revoir, Battle of Marengo, Cap o’Rushes, Contributer, Dabadiyan, Dare To Achieve, Elidor, Elkaayed, Excess Knowledge, Eye Of The Storm, Feel Like Dancing, Festive Cheer, Flying Officer, Fortify, Foundry, Galileo Rock, Goodwood Mirage, Hall of Mirrors, Havana Beat, Hillstar, Kingdom, Kingsbarns, Leading Light, Libertarian, Manndawi, Maputo, Mars, Matrooh, Mirsaale, Mutashaded, Nichols Canyon, Piet Mondrian, Plinth, Royal skies, Secret Number, Shikarpour, Sir Walter Scott, Smoke Screen, Space Ship, Spillway, Telescope, The United States, Twighlight, Willie The Whipper.
The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes: Saturday 24 August
Ambiance, Anjaal, Anticipated, Astaire, Bahamian Heights, Bashiba, Ben Hall, Brown Sugar, Cable Bay, Canyari, Championship, Claim The Roses, Coach House, Computer, Cool Bahamian, Cougar Mountain, Coulsty, Craftsman, Emperors Song, Ertijaal, Excellent Royale, Fast Track, Fountain of Youth, Giovanni Boldini, Good Old Boy Lukey, Great White Eagle, Grecian, Green Door, Household Cavalry, Ifwecan, Jacob'S Pillow, Jallota, Justice Day, Langavat, Major Crispies, Mappa Mundi, Master Carpenter, Michaelmas, Monsieur Power, Morning Post, My Catch, Noble Asset, Oriental Dream, Oriental Relation, Parbold, Reaffirmed, Rufford, Saayerr, Salford Red Devil, Sir John Hawkins, Sleeper King, Soul Brother, Stubbs, Sudirman, Tanzeel, The Grey Gatsby, Thunder Strike, Toormore, Treaty of Paris, Vigor, Wahaab, War Command, Whaleweigh Station, Wilshire Boulevard, Zaraee, Zarwaan
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