York review: Fairytale result in the Great Voltigeur as giant killer Pyledriver hammers his rivals

IF Pyledriver's win in the Great Voltigeur didn't warm your cockles, racing isn't the game for you.

In true David and Goliath fashion, the horse that no-one wanted hammered two of the most expensive colts in training.

And how. He did it virtually on the bridle for Lambourn trainer William Muir and his son-in-law jockey Martin Dwyer.

The son of Harbour Watch, who was bred out of a 74-rated mare by his owners, failed to attract any bids at the sales.

He was a ready winner of the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot and was never able to land a blow in the Derby, but he is firmly back on track now.

He was ridden patiently as Subjectivist towed the field along at a good gallop and, just as he had at the Royal meeting, he slipped up the inside at the top of the straight and came there travelling powerfully.

Once Dwyer took his foot off the brake pedal, he swept past the likes of Mogul and Darain, over seven million quid's worth of thoroughbred, in a matter of strides.

The St Leger looks the obvious target now, and Betfair have slashed him into 6-1 from 16s for next month's Doncaster Classic.

Muir said: "He's one of the best horses I've trained. Averti was beaten a head in a Nunthorpe, Stepper Point was beaten half a length in the Nunthorpe. This horse needs to win a Group 1 to be the best, but he could well get there.

"It was a good race today. I can understand Mogul was such a short price and we were such a big price, but if we'd had a clear run in the Derby, we'd have finished in front of him. Our race was gone after three furlongs.

"He's a big, unfurnished horse, but he's getting there. He's so easy to do anything with and he thinks life's great.

"I thought we'd win. I got told off by my wife last night as when I'm being so bullish she says 'I hope you're right, keep your mouth shut!'.

"We'll go back and talk. We are in the Grand Prix de Paris. The Leger has been on the cards, but people are saying we should now go for the Arc.

"He didn't look like he was stopping today, but then Martin said today he's got loads of gears, and horses with gears normally don't just stay and stay.

"It's a lovely problem to have – this is where we want to be."

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