Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes
Group 2, York 14:45
£75,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 3f 188y, Class 1   
Wednesday 19th August 2020


1 Pyledriver 10/1
2 Highland Chief 11/1
3 Mogul 85/40F
8 ran Distances: 3½l, ½l, hd
Time: 2m 30.57s (slow by 3.17s)

Trainer William Muir was raving about the power-packed performance of Pyledriver in the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes.

The King Edward VII Stakes winner had an unfortunate run in the Derby behind him to show his true his colours in terrific fashion and strike for trainer William Muir and jockey Martin Dwyer, his son-in-law.

Subjectivist set the pace with Berkshire Rocco and Roberto Escobarr close up and Pyledriver towards the rear.

The pack opened up in the straight, with every one of the eight runners having a chance until Pyledriver saunted through on the far side of the track to make his bid.

Once Pyledriver (10-1) hit the front, the race was as good as over, despite having a 3lb penalty for his Royal Ascot success. 

Highland Chief was three and a half lengths back in second place with Mogul half a length away in third. 

Pyledriver was quoted at 8-1 with Betway to win the St Leger at Doncaster next month and was slashed to 6-1 from 16-1 with Betway.


Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2)
£75,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 3f 188y, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft (in places)

1 (3)      Pyledriver 3 9-3 William Muir Martin Dwyer 10/1
2 (1)
Highland Chief 3 9-0 Paul & Oliver Cole David Probert 11/1
3 (5)
½ Mogul 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 85/40F
4 (8)
hd Berkshire Rocco 3 9-0 Andrew Balding William Buick 7/1
5 (4)
3 Darain 3 9-0 John Gosden Oisin Murphy 7/2
6 (2)
nk Roberto Escobarr 3 9-0 William Haggas Tom Marquand 11/2
7 (7)
½ Subjectivist 3 9-0 Mark Johnston Joe Fanning 12/1
8 (6)
Juan Elcano 3 9-0 Kevin Ryan Andrea Atzeni 14/1