Wednesday 20/08/2014

York UK
R2 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes G3
R3 Great Voltigeur Stakes G2
R4 Juddmonte International Stakes (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) G1

R4 Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes Listed

Cut Off Time 11:00pm


"Australia tries what connections feel could be his ideal distance of a mile and quarter for the first time in the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday.

A son of Galileo out of the brilliant race mare Ouija Board, Australia has shown he can mix it at the top level over a mile and a mile and a half so far this season.

His close-up third behind Night Of Thunder and the brilliant Kingman in the 2000 Guineas reads well given a mile was always likely to be on the sharp side for him and he did what he was bred to do by winning the Epsom Derby before a similarly dominant display in the Irish equivalent.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien pitches his stable star into all-aged company for the first time on the Knavesmire tomorrow and is keeping his fingers crossed he is fit enough having been off the track since the end of June."

"Ed Dunlop's Prince Gagarin aims to follow in the footsteps of his half-brother Elusive Pimpernel by winning the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes at York on Wednesday.

Elusive Pimpernel won the race impressively in 2007 and was well fancied for the following season's 2000 Guineas after also winning the Craven Stakes.

He was trained by John Dunlop for Cristina Patino's Windflower Holdings operation and the pair jointly own Prince Gagarin.

Third in a good Newbury maiden on his debut, he won a three-runner novice event at Newmarket last time out."

"Ryan Moore has been confirmed to ride Kingston Hill after the Investec Derby runner-up was one of 10 horses declared for Wednesday's Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

Trainer Roger Varian has kept his options open with the grey, who was also entered in the Juddmonte International on the same card, after having finished fourth in the Coral-Eclipse last time.

His main opponents look to be Hartnell, viewed as a St Leger candidate by trainer Mark Johnston after victories in the Queen's Vase and Bahrain Trophy, and Sir Michael Stoute's Gordon Stakes winner Snow Sky.

Aidan O'Brien will bring across both the impressive Tipperary scorer Granddukeoftuscany and Indian Maharaja.

O’Brien said: “Indian Maharaja is a horse that won two from two last year. First time out this year in bad ground in Leopardstown, he just pulled a muscle in his back. But he is back ready to run. He has only run at a mile, so this will be new territory for him.”

"Willie McCreery is optimistic Colour Blue can further showcase her consistent streak when she runs in the Listed Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney on Wednesday.
The three-year-old filly was beaten a length into third by Dalkova in a Listed contest at the Galway Festival and was a course and distance winner in May.

McCreery said: "She's a tough little one who does nothing at home. She doesn't need to, though, as she's very clear-winded. She ran a blinder in Galway and hopefully it will be nice ground and that will suit her. She has freshened up since Galway."