Tim Easterby’s Wells Farhh Go, recent winner of the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket, will step up to tackle the Group 2 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes at York Ebor fixture on August 22.
Trained just a few miles from the Knavesmire, Easterby has made no secret that he’s always felt the son of Farhh was a potential St Leger candidate so a big effort at York in a race that is a key trial for the world’s oldest Classic would pretty much guarantee the participation of the locally-trained northern hope. Regular pilot David Allan made sure there was no hanging around at HQ making all to score with a little in hand, having finished sixth in his previous two starts this term in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York and the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Farhhther he goes, the better!
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Easterby knows a thing or two about what is required to win the final Classic of the season at Doncaster in September having sent out Bollin Eric to a famous success under Kevin Darley back in 2003. 188Bet make Wells Farhh Go a 10/1 shot to hand the Great Habton-based handler another St Leger victory. Saturday’s Aidan O’Brien Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris hero Kew Gardens is the current 4/1 ante-post favourite with Bet365.
“He’s come out of the [Newmarket] race in very good form, thankfully,” Easterby confirmed. “It was always the plan to make more use of him. We actually wanted to do that at Ascot. When we went through that race we thought there’d be a couple who’d go forward, but they didn’t. It was a bit of a cock-up in the end because they dawdled, but we got it right eventually.
“It’s definitely the Great Voltigeur next and we’ll see how he gets on there.”
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.