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Midas on target for Voltigeur

Irish Derby runner-up Midas Touch is likely to be Aidan O'Brien's main candidate for next Tuesday's Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

The Ballydoyle handler could also saddle Joshua Tree, who has been off the track since winning the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot last September.

"The plan is to run Midas Touch in the Great Voltigeur. He has had a break after the Irish Derby but he seems in great form," he said.

"Joshua Tree is back in work. We're not sure if he will be ready for the Voltigeur, but it's definitely the plan.

"He needs to do another few pieces of work, so he'd be a possible but not a definite. He had a few problems in the spring, he had a month off and it took a while to get him back.

"There might be a couple more in the mix, but Midas Touch is the most forward and our most likely runner."

Plans for one of his possible York rivals, Rebel Soldier, are on hold after connections revealed they had accepted an offer from abroad for the Gordon Stakes winner.

"At this moment he is subject to a sale going through. I have been training him with the Voltigeur in mind, but if the sale goes through this weekend he won't run," said Noseda.

"My personal preference would be the Voltigeur. He's in good form and I think he would have a realistic chance.

"The horse would be going to race abroad. There has been a huge offer from Hong Kong, one we couldn't refuse."

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