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Dettori can bring the best out of Sir Lucan…as Frankie bids to win the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur

York Ebor Festival Day 1 TIPS: Frankie Dettori can bring the best out of Sir Lucan in the Great Voltigeur after enhancing his reputation at Goodwood

  • High Definition is the favourite among Aidan O’Brien’s three horses competing
  • Queen’s Vase winner Kemari is also among the favourites for meeting at York  
  • Sir Lucan enhanced his reputation at Goodwood last month in Gordon Stakes 

The Sky Bet Great Voltigeur hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds in recent times for Aidan O’Brien, but High Definition and Sir Lucan (York, 3.00) may provide a formidable assault on the staying feature on Wednesday.

The Ballydoyle trainer also saddles The Mediterranean as he bids to improve on a sole success for Idaho in the past decade in the pre-eminent St Leger trial.

Jockey bookings may suggest High Definition to be the preferred O’Brien candidate, especially as Ryan Moore’s mount is largely unexposed and boasts York form courtesy of an eye-catching comeback in the Dante.

Veteran jockey Frankie Dettori will ride Aidan O’Brien’s Sir Lucan at York on Wednesday 

Aidan O'Brien will be hopeful that one of his horses triumphs in the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur

Aidan O’Brien will be hopeful that one of his horses triumphs in the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur

A subsequent effort in the Irish Derby was less encouraging, and although there were minor mitigating circumstances at the Curragh, it was still a disappointing display.

In contrast, Sir Lucan enhanced his reputation at Goodwood in the Gordon Stakes, charging home to take second behind Ottoman Emperor having been last off the bridle.

Frankie Dettori appeared happy to delay his challenge for as long as possible that day and the fact the cheekpieces are applied on Wednesday suggest he was riding to orders. Sir Lucan may not be the most straightforward ride.

However, he displayed enough tenacity to overhaul stablemate Wordsworth in the Yeats Stakes back in May and that rival has subsequently finished placed in a Queen’s Vase, Irish Derby and the Group One Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp so that form looks rock solid.

Queen’s Vase winner Kemari is impossible to knock as we are arguably yet to see the best of him, but Sir Lucan has also looked as though he can compete at a higher level and has the opportunity to test that theory on Wednesday. 

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday's meetings

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Wednesday’s meetings at York, Carlisle, Bath, Kempton and Worcester. 

 YORK

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW

  1.50 Live In The Moment

2.25 Ehraz

3.00 Sir Lucan

3.35 Mishriff

4.10 Makawee (nap)

4.45 Tweet Tweet

5.20 Bosh (nb)

 GIMCRACK

 1.50 Twilight Calls

2.25 Dubawi Legend (nb)

3.00 Sir Lucan

3.35 Mishriff (nap) 

4.10 Arcadian Sunrise 

4.45 Tenaya Canyon 

5.20 Wonderful World 

Newmarket – 2.25 Dubawi Legend (nb); 3.35 Mishriff (nap). Northerner – 1.50 Mondammej (nb)

CARLISLE 

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW  

1.00 International Girl

1.30 Round Acre

2.05 Perfect News

2.40 Jump The Gun

3.15 Roseabad

3.50 Symbol of Hope

4.20 Don’t Joke  

GIMCRACK 

 1.00 Global Humor

 1.30 Round Acre

2.05 Azure Blue

2.40 Arranmore

3.15 Goobinator

3.50 Truth In Jest

4.20 Don’t Joke

BATH 

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW

 1.40 Shani

2.15 Kaboo

2.50 French Conquest

3.25 Nicks Not Wonder

4.00 Cogital

4.35 Aweemaweh

5.10 Sarah’s Verse

GIMCRACK 

1.40 Moonshiner 

2.15 Jen’s Gift

 2.50 Sea Oscar 

3.25 Ascot Day 

4.00 Nibras Gold 

4.35 Kenstone 

5.10 Al Simm 

Northerner – 2.15 Kaboo (nap) 

KEMPTON 

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW

 6.15 Cabrini

6.45 Tamra’s Rock

7.15 Flamingo Rose

7.45 Giuseppe Cassioli

8.15 Crystal Casque

8.45 Super Proud

 GIMCRACK

6.15 Valentinka 

6.45 Tamra’s Rock 

7.15 Fire Eyes 

7.45 Love Dreams 

8.15 Heavenly Rose 

8.45 Super Proud 

WORCESTER 

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW

4.25 Dreamsundermyfeet

5.00 Beyond The Clouds

5.30 Leapaway

6.00 Fidux

6.30 Mr Tambourine Man

7.00 Dorking Rogue

7.30 Mulberry Hill

8.00 Outlaw Jack

 GIMCRACK

 4.25 Zip Pearl

5.00 Pisgah Pike

5.30 Bathiva

6.00 Irish Prophecy

6.30 Ambassador

7.00 Dorking Rogue

7.30 Fivetotwelve

8.00 Get An Oscar

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