O’Brien’s Idaho takes home Voltigeur honours
Idaho enhanced his claims for the Ladbrokes St Leger with victory in the Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.
Placed in both the Irish and English Derby, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt showed he had stamina and class as he opened his account for the campaign in this Group Two contest.
Stablemate Housesofparliament made the running and proved hard to pass, but Idaho (5-6 favourite) responded to Seamie Heffernan's urgings and got up in the final 100 yards to score by a length and three-quarters.
Across The Stars, winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, was third.
Heffernan said: "He had solid form. We expected him to take all the beating."
O'Brien added: "We're very happy with him. He travelled really well."
Idaho was cut to 2-1 favourite (from 3s) for the Leger at Doncaster on September 10.
O'Brien added of the winner: "He had a nice break after the Irish Derby and he was ready for a comeback run.
"Seamus had one eye on the Leger and we just wanted to get him relaxed.
"Jamie (Spencer) went a nice sensible pace in front and his horse ran a blinder.
"Seamus gave his horse a lovely ride and came through at the end.
"Idaho might go up to a mile and six (furlongs), but I'm not sure he'll go much further than that.
"I'd be very happy for him to come back to a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half as a four-year-old.
"We had our eye on the Leger and this race came at a lovely time.
"Obviously Housesofparliament stays very well and he would be happy in the Leger.
"It seems the logical race for both of them."