York: Postponed scores impressively in Great Voltigeur

Postponed York 20/8/2014

Postponed: strides clear for decisive Group 2 win over Snow Sky

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)  

Report: York, Wednesday

Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f, 3yo colts geldings

POSTPONED took advantage of the late withdrawal of Kingston Hill to land the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

The Luca Cumani-trained winner was 5-2 favourite in the reformed market and strode clear to score decisively from 7-2 shot Snow Sky. Odeon (40-1) was third.

Postponed was two and a quarter lengths clear at the line, suggesting Kingston Hill would have needed to be on top form to beat him.

The winner was the only Great Voltigeur runner not entered for next month’s Ladbrokes St Leger and Cumani said he was unlikely to head for the Doncaster Classic.

“He could be supplemented [for the St Leger] but my inclination would be to not stretch him that far. He’s a mile-and-a-half horse,” the trainer said.

Kingston Hill was withdrawn by trainer Roger Varian less than 30 minutes before the race on account of the fast ground, leaving nine runners.

Postponed, having been promoted to favourite, revelled in the conditions and the fast pace set by the hard-pulling Odeon.

The brave Odeon proved difficult for most of the field to catch but Postponed eased past him with a furlong and a half to run. He quickly opened a decisive gap and, although Snow Sky attempted to throw down a challenge, was never in danger of defeat.

Snow Sky finished eight lengths ahead of Odeon, who held on for third as none of the others could land a blow.

The runner-up put in the best trial of those entered for the St Leger and is a best-priced 10-1 with the sponsor for the Classic.

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