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YORK PREVIEW | The Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes

Eight runners feature in the 1m4f contest on the opening day of the York Ebor Festival

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Brunch ridden by jockey Callum Rodriguez (left) wins the Win Today On ITV7 Handicap Stakes ahead of Jumaira Bay and Jack Mitchell at York Racecourse.
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The Ebor Festival at York gets underway on Wednesday with several Group contests featuring on the opening day of the four-day meeting for punters.

The Great Voltigeur Stakes gets underway at 3:00, with eight runners currently declared in the 1m4f contest.

KEMARI (11/4) heads the market for Charlie Appleby, with the three-year-old making a rapid rise through the ranks this season.

Charlie Appleby smiles at the Ebor Festival
Charlie Appleby holds two entries in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York

After breaking his maiden at Yarmouth on his second start, the gelding saw off some useful rivals on his first Group appearance when landing success at Royal Ascot in the Queen’s Vase.

He has been dropped back down in trip here, but he is still relatively unexposed and could well be the main threat here once again.

HIGH DEFINITION (4/1) was seriously hyped up over the winter months by connections and punters alike, but Aidan O’Brien’s colt has failed to live up to expectations this season.

High Definition wins at the curragh for Aidan O’Brien [credit: racing tv]

After capturing the imagination with a frightening turn of foot in his two starts as a two-year-old, the Galileo colt could only manage to finish third in the Dante Stake before majorly disappointing in the Irish Derby.

The three-year-old is potentially in the last chance saloon here, but he clearly has ability and will be tough to beat if he is back to his best.

He is joined by stablemates SIR LUCAN (4/1), who ran well in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last month, and THE MEDITERRANEAN (16/1).

THIRD REALM (13/2) could appreciate the better conditions over this distance for Roger Varian, while Kemari’s stablemate YIBIR (10/1) will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways here after disappointing at Goodwood.

YOUTH SPIRIT (11/1) is yet to bet on his Chester Vase success for Andrew Balding and Ralph Beckett’s SCOPE (28/1) is given another chance to land some black type after finishing third in the Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield.

SELECTIONS:

  • High Definition @ 4/1
  • Youth Spirit E/W @ 11/1

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.

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