The Yorkshire crowd like nothing more than a locally trainer winner at the Ebor Festival and there’ll be plenty hoping Tim Easterby’s Wells Farhh Go can win the big St Leger trial, the Group 2 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes (3.00).
Trading on Tuesday evening at a top priced 11/2 with Betfair, Wells Farhh Go won at the prestigious Ebor Festival 12 months ago when maintaining his unbeaten record with victory over the subsequent Greenham Stakes winner James Garfield in the Group 3 Tattersall Acomb Stakes, getting the better of a real ding-dong battle by a nose.
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This term the son of Farhh has taken time to reach concert pitch, but after two slightly disappointing efforts over an inadequate 10 furlongs in the Group 2 Dante Stakes won by Roaring Lion at York in May, and when held up and finishing sixth in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes won by Old Persian at Royal Ascot, everything fell into place last time out . The Great Habton-based colt was given his head and allowed to dictate from the front in the mile-and-five furlong Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket and ended up winning with plenty in hand from subsequent easy Deauville listed race winner Loxley.
“He’s obviously a very good horse, but it’s a very good race,”admitted David Allan, interviewed earlier today on Racing UK. “It will be interesting to see how he runs here with the Leger in mind. He was by far the best horse at Newmarket. We just rode him wrong earlier in the season.”
This will be the toughest test yet for Wells Farhh Go who faces Godolphin’s exciting gelding Cross Counter (13/8 with Leo Vegas), very impressive when landing the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood a few weeks ago. Also standing in his way is the Aidan O’Brien trained Kew Gardens (7/2 with Paddy Power), winner not only of the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot, but also of the prestigious Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp last month.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.