The 2019 Group 1 Juddmonte International (Wednesday 21 August) will be one of the highlights of York’s 2019 Ebor Festival. It takes place over a distance of just over 10-furlongs and is open to horses aged three and older. It was established in 1972, since when it has been won by popular horses such as Troy, Ezzoud, Halling, Sakhee, Authorized, Sea The Stars, and Frankel.
Check out our 10-Year-Trends, analysis, and free tip for the Juddmonte International 2019.
Juddmonte International 10-Year-Trends
Three and four-year-olds have each won four of the last 10 editions of the Juddmonte International, with one five-year-old and one six-year-old also successful. Six winners had won their previous race, with the other winners finishing no worse than fourth on their previous runs. All 10 winners had run between 10 and 75 days prior to their success.
Aidan O’Brien has trained three of the last nine winners, whilst Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden have trained the last two winners and are likely to have high-profile runners this year. Starting prices have varied greatly, with three winners returned at odds-on, whilst the biggest-priced winner was 50/1. The other six winners were returned at odds ranging from 7/4 to 7/1.
Juddmonte International Entries 2019
It’s no surprise to see Enable heading the ante-post market for the Juddmonte International after her win over a similar trip in the Coral Eclipse. Her own Khalid Abdullah sponsors the race, and he may be tempted to try and win his own money back. However, she reportedly runs in the King George at the end of July over 12-furlongs, with all roads leading to her trying to win a third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after that. If she does run at York, she may take an easier option in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Finally broke his Group 1 duck at Royal Ascot over this trip on soft ground, despite Sir Michael Stoute suggesting he’s better over 12-furlongs on faster ground. He’s another market leader that could go close if turning up, but his trainer wasn’t tempted to run him in this race as a three-year-old or as a four-year-old. He did run okay at York in the Dante in 2017, but he doesn’t jump off the page as a value bet at 3/1.
Four-year-old filly that won her first three races this season over a similar trip but has been beaten by both Enable and Crystal Ocean on her last two starts. Her chance would improve dramatically if the first two in the market decide to miss the race, but she also has the problem of conceding weight to potentially useful three-year-olds.
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12/1 about a Derby winner will tempt some punters, but Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old looked to win The Derby with his stamina, and may not be suited by dropping back to 10-furlongs. Could take on Enable and Crystal Ocean in the King George but, even if he wins there, he’s likely to have other targets over longer distances.
Didn’t look to stay 12-furlongs in the Derby but surprised many punters when dropping back to a mile to win the Group 1 at James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He could be ideally suited by 10-furlongs in time, but connections have the option of trying to win more mile races such as the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Reportedly hadn’t come to himself when beaten in the Dante Stakes at York earlier in the season, but his subsequent improvement has all come over 12-furlongs. He was third in the Derby, won a Group 2 at Royal Ascot, and has won a Group 1 in France.
Phoenix Of Spain
Connections of this season’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner have suggested he will run over 10-furlongs at some point this season, and York could be the ideal place to try as he won here as two-year-old. His sire Lope De Vega has sired several good 10-furlong horses, so he’s no forlorn hope here despite his early odds of 20/1.
Has finished second, fourth, and fourth in three classics this season, suggesting that 10-furlongs could be his ideal trip on each occasion. Roaring Lion showed last year that’s it’s possible to have such a hard campaign before winning this race, and he could go close if freshened up before coming here.
Improving four-year-old that ran with credit in the Coral-Eclipse last time. But he finished behind both Enable and Magical that day and needs to find further improvement to be troubling those two fillies and a host of horses that have either won or been placed in classics.
Much more lightly-raced than many of his fellow three-year-olds, but that’s typical of Sir Michael Stoute’s patience. Won two of his first four races at up to a mile, and then proved he was ideally suited to stepping up to 10-furlongs when winning at Royal Ascot. The bare form of that win leaves him with something to find, but his stride pattern and the way he travelled that day suggests this race should be perfect for him. Sir Michael Stoute is also the race’s leading all-time trainer, whilst the horse is owned by Khalid Abdullah.
Juddmonte International Verdict 2019
It looks worth taking a chance that Enable and Crystal Ocean sidestep this race, as they represent a massive percentage of the market, and there is a good chance they’ll run elsewhere.
Magical looks the obvious each-way selection against them as the filly has beaten plenty of decent horses in defeat behind those the market leaders on her last two runs. Phoenix of Spain and Madhmoon also have chances if running for the first time over this trip here. However, at a bigger price, Sanagarius looks the value. He’s already proven that this trip is ideal and he could be the perfect substitute for owner Khalid Abdullah if Enable misses the race.