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Perfect Storm required to defeat Balios in Betway Great Voltigeur

18 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Perfect Storm required to defeat Balios in Betway Great Voltigeur

Value against the solid but unspectacular favourite with lightly-raced promise meeting proven class in the field

It’s perhaps a bit of a surprise to see Storm The Stars the 3/1 favourite ahead of Balios who is currently 4/1.

The pair met in France at Group 1 level in mid-July, filling 3rd and 5th position respectively. There was only a quarter of a length between them though with Storm The Stars enjoying more of the run of the race.

Storm The Stars may have finished placed in two Classics but he’s now had six runs this season and Balios might just improve past him now with the latter only making his racecourse debut in November and having just the three starts since.

Balios does have to concede 3lbs to his rival this time around but he’s capable of improving by more than that on just his fifth start.

Aidan O’Brien saddles three in the race and it looks as though the most lightly-raced of the trio, Bondi Beach (5/1), is the first string.

He hadn’t even been to the racecourse before May this year but has made giant strides in his short career – winning on his debut before shaping very well when second in a listed contest.

He appreciated a step up to 14f on his latest start when getting on top late at Group 3 level and the biggest question mark here isn’t his ability, but whether or not he can cope with the drop back in trip.

He may well turn out to be the best horse in this race and it would be no surprise to see him develop into an Ascot Gold Cup horse next year, although either the lack of experience or more likely the trip could catch him out here.

Just ahead of Bondi Beach in the betting is Tashaar at 9/2. The Richard Hannon-trained runner has had just two starts and won a competitive handicap at Glorious Goodwood off 90 last month as easily as he liked.

This race is often a stepping stone to the St Leger but he doesn’t look a St Leger candidate having made his debut in May over just a mile.

You’d probably want twice his current odds to be taking the chance that he is Group 2 quality, so he can’t be considered seriously for betting purposes despite his promise.

Storm The Stars is the most solid horse in the line-up but he has very little in hand on Balios who can get the better of his rival here.

Balios looks to have that little bit of extra class and should also still be improving so the 4/1 on offer for Balios to win the Betway Grand Voltigeur looks more than fair.

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