Ryan Moore Kingston Hill role in Great Voltigeur at York
Last Updated: 18/08/14 4:00pm
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 Ladbrokes 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.”
“Granddukeoftuscany had a nice run at The Curragh, first time. He obviously improved and then he won his maiden very easily.
"He is a horse that got a mile and a half well the last time, so you would think and hope that he would probably get further in time.”
Asked whether Granddukeoftuscany would come under consideration for next month’s St Leger, O’Brien said: “We take one race at a time, but it is a race that could suit him.
"It is a big step up from a maiden to a Group Two, so we’ll see how he gets on and discuss plans after that. But obviously we would be hoping that he might turn into that type of horse.”
Observational is given another chance to stake a claim by Roger Charlton, having run moderately in the Gordon Stakes, while Postponed is tested further after winning a Hamilton Listed race.
Marzocco, Odeon and Red Galileo complete what is usually regarded as the strongest St Leger trial.