Sea Moon routs Volitgeur field

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Updated: August 17, 2011

Sea Moon blew the St Leger picture wide open with a brilliant success in the Sportingbet.com Great Voltigeur Stakes this afternoon.

The three year old son of Beat Hollow was always travelling well under Richard Hughes, who took over from the injured Ryan Moore, and when asked for his effort responded instantly and put the race quickly beyond doubt.

In a race that was led from the start by Regent Street Sea Moon was always travelling well for Hughes while odds on shot Seville was always having to be niggled at by Seamie Heffernan.

As the field swung for home Seville and Namibian were coming under pressure while Hughes was sitting motionless on Sea Moon. Two furlongs out Hughes finally let on an inch of reign and the response from Sea Moon was instant as he drew away from the field in the style of a very good horse. The winning margin at the finish was eight lengths back to 16-1 shot Al Kazeem who was second with the disappointing Seville back in third.

Speaking in the winner enclosure Sir Michael Stoute was understandably delighted with the performance saying ”I thought he was highly impressive. He’s a horse we have always loved and he had a few little niggles in the spring time.

“I didn’t expect him to win like that. He’s a lovely, big horse with a good mind and he’s progressed so well since he ran here in June. On that [performance today] he’s got a great chance [in the St Leger], sure.”

Ladbrokes were suitably impressed with the performance and go as short as 6-4 for Sea Moon to land the St Leger in three weeks time at Doncaster.

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