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O'Brien goes through £5m barrier at york

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Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30

Idaho is no stranger to these shores, having finished third in the Derby to Harzand, after which he got even closer to Dermot Weld’s star in the Irish equivalent. Picture: AFP/Getty
Idaho is no stranger to these shores, having finished third in the Derby to Harzand, after which he got even closer to Dermot Weld’s star in the Irish equivalent. Picture: AFP/Getty

Aidan O'Brien smashed through the £5million prize-money barrier and strengthened his hold on the Ladbrokes St Leger in the process when Idaho won the Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

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Idaho is no stranger to these shores, having finished third in the Derby to Harzand, after which he got even closer to Dermot Weld's star in the Irish equivalent. This, though, was his first win since his racecourse debut last October.

It briefly looked as if Jamie Spencer had stolen a march on stablemate Housesofparliament, but when Seamie Heffernan moved on to the heels of the leaders a furlong out the result was never really in doubt, with the 5-6 favourite winning by a length and three-quarters.

Elsewhere, Roger Varian expressed joy and relief in equal measure after Postponed took his winning run to six in the Juddmonte International Stakes.

Despite concerns about the well-being of Varian's yard, allied to the five-year-old stepping back in trip, Andrea Atzeni's willing partner answered every call.

King George winner Highland Reel had no response to Postponed's finishing kick and was beaten a length and a quarter in second place, with the unlucky Mutakayyef third.

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