Dettori can bring the best out of Sir Lucan…as Frankie bids to win the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur


Dettori can bring the best out of Sir Lucan…as Frankie bids to win the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur at York on Wednesday

  • High Definition is the favourite among Aidan O’Brien’s three horses competing
  • Queen’s Vase winner Kemari is also among the favourites for the meet at York  
  • Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday

The Sky Bet Great Voltigeur hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds in recent times for Aidan O’Brien, but High Definition and Sir Lucan (York, 3.00) may provide a formidable assault on the staying feature on Wednesday.

The Ballydoyle trainer also saddles The Mediterranean as he bids to improve on a sole success for Idaho in the past decade in the pre-eminent St Leger trial.

Jockey bookings may suggest High Definition to be the preferred O’Brien candidate, especially as Ryan Moore’s mount is largely unexposed and boasts York form courtesy of an eye-catching comeback in the Dante.

Aidan O’Brien will be hopeful that one of his horses triumphs at the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur

Aidan O’Brien will be hopeful that one of his horses triumphs at the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur

 A subsequent effort in the Irish Derby was less encouraging, and although there were minor mitigating circumstances at the Curragh, it was still a disappointing display.

In contrast, Sir Lucan enhanced his reputation at Goodwood in the Gordon Stakes, charging home to take second behind Ottoman Emperor having been last off the bridle.

Frankie Dettori appeared happy to delay his challenge for as long as possible that day and the fact the cheekpieces are applied on Wednesday suggest he was riding to orders. Sir Lucan may not be the most straightforward ride.

Veteran jockey Frankie Dettori will ride O'Brien's Sir Lucan at York on Wednesday

Veteran jockey Frankie Dettori will ride O’Brien’s Sir Lucan at York on Wednesday 

However, he displayed enough tenacity to overhaul stablemate Wordsworth in the Yeats Stakes back in May and that rival has subsequently finished placed in a Queen’s Vase, Irish Derby and the Group One Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp so that form looks rock solid.

Queen’s Vase winner Kemari is impossible to knock as we are arguably yet to see the best of him, but Sir Lucan has also looked as though he can compete at a higher level and has the opportunity to test that theory on Wednesday. 

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday's meetings

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings at Carlisle, Bath, Kempton and Worcester. 

 CARLISLE 

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.00 International Girl

1.30 Round Acre

2.05 Perfect News

2.40 Jump The Gun

3.15 Roseabad

3.50 Symbol of Hope

4.20 Don’t Joke

GIMCRACK 

 1.00 Global Humor

 1.30 Round Acre

2.05 Azure Blue

2.40 Arranmore

3.15 Goobinator

3.50 Truth In Jest

4.20 Don’t Joke

 

BATH 

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW

 1.40 Shani

2.15 Kaboo

2.50 French Conquest

3.25 Nicks Not Wonder

4.00 Cogital

4.35 Aweemaweh

5.10 Sarah’s Verse

GIMCRACK 

1.40 Moonshiner 

2.15 Jen’s Gift

 2.50 Sea Oscar 

3.25 Ascot Day 

4.00 Nibras Gold 

4.35 Kenstone 

5.10 Al Simm 

Northerner – 2.15 Kaboo (nap) 

 

KEMPTON 

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW

 6.15 Cabrini

6.45 Tamra’s Rock

7.15 Flamingo Rose

7.45 Giuseppe Cassioli

8.15 Crystal Casque

8.45 Super Proud

 GIMCRACK

6.15 Valentinka 

6.45 Tamra’s Rock 

7.15 Fire Eyes 

7.45 Love Dreams 

8.15 Heavenly Rose 

8.45 Super Proud 

 

WORCESTER 

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW

4.25 Dreamsundermyfeet

5.00 Beyond The Clouds

5.30 Leapaway

6.00 Fidux

6.30 Mr Tambourine Man

7.00 Dorking Rogue

7.30 Mulberry Hill

8.00 Outlaw Jack

 GIMCRACK

 4.25 Zip Pearl

5.00 Pisgah Pike

5.30 Bathiva

6.00 Irish Prophecy

6.30 Ambassador

7.00 Dorking Rogue

7.30 Fivetotwelve

8.00 Get An Oscar



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