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