Sequence looks a Great bet

  • By: Simon Holt
  • Last Updated: August 22 2012, 9:45 BST

Simon Holt previews Wednesday's action at York and fancies David Lanigan's Main Sequence to win the Great Voltigeur.

Main Sequence: Looks the one to beat

2pts win Main Sequence in 15.05 York at 2/1 (Stan James).


Wednesday's renewal of the Juddmonte International is an intriguing prospect with Frankel trying to stretch his unbeaten run to 13 on his first try beyond a mile.

So far this season he has looked in a class of his own but there is little doubt that he faces his most serious rival here in last year's Breeders' Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, who has proven stamina over a mile and a half.

As such, Aidan O'Brien's two pacemakers Robin Hood and Windsor Palace are almost bound to set a furious gallop aimed at stretching Frankel over this longer distance, testing his stamina and hoping to blunt what is a formidable change of gear.

It will be fascinating to see what happens up York's home straight, but most people - myself included - believe that the champion will come through this test, though at odds of 1/7 he is a betting proposition for only the biggest players.

In the previous race, the Great Voltigeur, Epsom Derby runner-up Main Sequence looks to have a favourites chance.

David Lanigan's colt was a very unlucky loser subsequently in the Grand Prix de Paris when finishing fourth to Imperial Monarch and Saint Baudolino, the third horse that day, has won since.

That form should be good enough to beat Sir Henry Cecil's pair Thomas Chippendale and Noble Mission as well as Godolphin's representative Encke, all three of whom are tightly matched on previous form.

John Gosden's Thought Worthy is also not very far behind them, while Royal Ascot winner Energizer is now racing under the Godoplhin banner too and the mount of Frankie Dettori tries a mile and a half for the first time.

All of them must improve to beat the favourite though, and he looks worth backing to gain a deserved victory.

  • Preview posted at 1425 BST on 21/08/2012.