The Juddmonte International (3.35, Wednesday 23 August) is one of the biggest races of the whole year, and it has been won in recent years by greats such as Frankel, Sea The Stars, Authorized, Australia and Postponed.
It is run over 1 miles 2 furlongs and 65 yards at York Racecourse, and is worth £567,000 to the winner.
Aidan O’Brien has saddled 4 of the last 9 winners, three of which were 4-year-olds
3-year-olds have won 4 of the last 10 renewals, but three of those had won the Derby
6 of the last 10 winners had won last time out
SPs have ranged from 1/10 to 50/1
Group 1 winning 5-year-old, who has won three and been placed in two of his six races at 10-furlongs. Didn’t run up to his best when only sixth in the Eclipse last time but, having beaten the winner Ulysses at Royal Ascot, he could go well with Andrea Atzeni back in the saddle (won on him 5 times).
My Dream Boat
Another Group 1 winning 5-year-old, but this one hasn’t been at his best so far this season, and he’ll probably need the ground to be soft or worse to trouble the best of these.
Seems to be improving all the time and, though Sir Michael Stoute hasn’t trained a winner of this race since 2006, he’s the all-time leading trainer with 5 wins. Slight concern that his best form has come on right-handed tracks, but not enough evidence of racing left-handed at the top-level for it to be a conclusive negative.
Steady improvement in each of his 5 runs, and this long-striding sort should be better suited to York rather than Sandown, where he was second to Ulysses in a messy renewal of the Eclipse last time. If he steps forward again, he’ll be tough to beat.
Flopped last time in the St James’s Place Stakes, but it was hard to find fault with any of his performances before that. Run-style doesn’t scream that he’s guaranteed to stay 10-furlongs, having done all of his winning over a mile, but a danger to all if he does stay.
Cliffs Of Moher
The Epsom Derby runner-up looked like this trip would be perfect for him before his run in the Eclipse and, though he finished fourth there having been hampered, he was sent-off as favourite. Looks overpriced on his run in the Derby.
Unbeaten before fourth in a messy French Oaks, and she oozed class when winning a poor Musidora Stakes here earlier in the season. Was considered the equal of her stablemate Enable before that race and, if she is, she could give the boys plenty to think about here.
There may only be 7 runners for this year’s renewal, but all of them have claims. It could be a fascinating clash between the top-class 3-year-old colts Churchill, Barney Roy and Cliffs Of Moher but, with her stablemate Enable having already beaten the colts in the King George, Shutter Speed is taken to give trainer John Gosden a first win in the race.
Shutter Speed – Each Way @ 10/1 WilliamHill (paying 3 places)