Great Voltigeur Stakes Entries: Secret State heads field of ten for York Group 2 event

Check out the entries and odds for the Great Voltigeur Stakes here.
Check out the entries and odds for the Great Voltigeur Stakes here.

Ten horses have been entered for the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes, which takes place at York on the opening day of the Ebor Festival on Wednesday, and there could be some notable clues to next month's St Leger. Our man Steve Chambers takes a look at the possible runners for what is one of the highlights of the four-day Flat extravaganza on the Knavesmire...

Charlie Appleby saddled Yibir to victory in this race 12 months ago, and the Godolphin handler could saddle a dual-pronged attack in the 2022 Great Voltigeur with Secret State and Walk Of Stars representing the boys in blue. The former has been installed as the 7/4 favourite with the bookmakers, and Secret State has been hugely progressive this season - racking up four wins on the bounce - and he is set to bid for a five-timer on Wednesday. He stormed into the limelight when bounding to victory in the King George V Stakes Handicap at Royal Ascot, while he kicked on from that success with victory at Glorious Goodwood. Now stepping out of the handicap company and into Group 2 company, the Dubawi colt will look to cement his place in next month's St Leger - a race he currently 12/1 for.

Walk Of Stars was set to be one of the star three-year-olds for Godolphin this season, but he's disappointed since winning a conditions event at Newbury earlier in his career. Last of 17 in the Derby at Epsom Downs back in June, the Dubawi gelding then was last seen finishing third in the Dubai World Trophy at Newmarket, so will need to improve significantly on that effort to play a role here, but at 7/2 he is well supported to go close.

Aidan O'Brien last trained the winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes back in 2016 when Idaho strode to victory, but the master of Ballydoyle will attempt to recapture the prize next Wednesday and he has four of the ten entries. Point Lonsdale is the shortest in the betting of the quartet at 10/1, and he could make his long awaited return to the track, as the smart juvenile failed to land a blow in the 2000 Guineas when tenth and he's not been seen on the track. Entered for both this and the Juddmonte International Stakes on the same day, it will be interesting to see where O'Brien places him at York.

Luxembourg, who was touted as the O'Brien flagbearer at the start of the season, is also entered, but the 14/1 chance is expected to make his return to the track in the Royal Whip Stakes on Saturday, so is unlikely to star here. Aikhal (10/1) and Bluegrass (16/1) complete the O'Brien team and the former was victorious in Group 3 company last time out, so will look to step up here.

A winner of the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket, Deauville Legend was then beaten by the classy New London in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, but the hugely consistent James Ferguson-trained three-year-old will look to continue to blossom on the big stages and he's sure to be a major player at 11/2 here. El Bodegon will add more depth to the Ferguson charge, as that 12/1 chance will attempt to improve on a decent third placed finish in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris in France.

Grand Alliance and French Charm complete the entry list, and both are available at double figured odds in  a race that could throw up some notable St Leger clues.

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