Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

The Punter: Youmzain is the value to finally reign in King George

No Derby winner has won the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes since John Oxx’s Alamashar in 2003.

But then again, not many have contested this race against the older generation in the intervening years.

If one listens to champion jockey Ryan Moore, it won’t be a contest, such is his bullish nature about the even money favourite Workforce whom he prefers to stablemate Harbinger and rates as "not being in the same parish" as the Derby hero.

It takes a very good three-year-old to beat his elders even with the weight-for-age allowance.

After his Derby success, Workforce deserved all the plaudits for his record-breaking performance but a study of the form of the horses that finished behind him, have not exactly paid tribute to that display.

Aidan O’Brien’s runner-up At First Sight, has done very little since, while of course the trainer’s Cape Blanco did not go at Epsom but previously defeated Workforce in the Dante Stakes at York and also finished well in front of At First Sight in taking the Irish Derby.

Workforce is too short in the market to be a betting prospect for Saturday’s race and while Cape Blanco at 6-1 must come into the picture, the best each-way hope has to be Mick Channon’s Youmzain, who is the perpetual runner-up in big events, including three Arcs and recently going down by a nose in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

This could just be the day he delivers.

Youmzain deserves a big win after being second three years ago and third in 2008 and at |12-1 is the call to win at last.

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