The Juddmonte International (Wednesday 3.40) is the highlight of day-1 of York’s Ebor Meeting, and it is run over 10-furlongs and 88 yards. It was first run in 1972 as the Benson and Hedges, but Juddmonte took over sponsorship in 1989.
The last 10 renewals have been won by four 3-year-olds (3 of which had won the Derby), five 4-year-olds, and one 6-year-old.
Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien have trained 5 winners each, with 3 of Aidan O’Brien’s coming in the last 8 years.
12 runners are set to line-up for the 2016 Juddmonte International.
Still improving, but needs to find plenty more after his 3-length third to Dartmouth last time out.
Arab Spring 33/1
Only third in a winnable group-3 last time, and this is surely too big an ask.
Well-travelled French Group-1 winner, but most of his form suggests he’s not quite up to this class.
Looked like a typical Michael Stoute improving older horse when an emphatic winner of a Group-3 on seasonal debut, but not lived-up to the expectation in two runs since.
Highland Reel 11/2
Won the Secretariat Stakes over 10-furlongs at Arlington last season, but took time to hit peak-form this year before winning the King George over 12-furlongs. Won’t have Ryan Moore in the saddle here, and was a much bigger-price in the King George market than Postponed before the latter was scratched.
Kings Bolette 100/1
Absolutely no chance on his tenth in a Goodwood Handicap last time, and may well be here to ensure a strong early pace for Postponed.
Big improver this season and has finished first and second in two course runs. Improvement has been at a mile so far, beating the likes of Dutch Connection and Richard Pankhurst, but has won at around this trip, and this looks to have been his big aim for his local trainer who does well at this meeting.
Looked to have the King George at his mercy before being pulled-out, but has yet to win at 10-furlongs, despite winning only course start. Worthy favourite, and will probably win if at his best.
Sir Isaac Newton 33/1
Improved form came at 10-furlongs, and not disgraced when fourth in the King George, but needs to find a lot of improvement back at 10-furlongs.
The Grey Gatsby 14/1
The 2014 Dante winner was second in this the same year, and third last year. Each-way claims, but this is a tough renewal.
There appeared to be no fluke about the way he beat the Ghurka in the Eclipse, but his two best performances have come on soft so far. No guarantee he won’t handle these faster conditions, but it is a doubt.
Wings Of Desire 14/1
This year’s Dante winner was also fourth in the Derby and second in the King George, and his stable has come back to its best this week. No reason he won’t run well, but he’s not the best 3-year-old around.
Juddmonte International Summary
A truly fascinating renewal with all sorts of things to ponder. Postponed will do well to win this after his setback and at this shorter trip, whilst Highland Reel will be without Ryan Moore in the saddle. Meanwhile, 3-year-olds usually have to be top-class to win this, which Wings of Desire, but Hawkbill could be but is unproven on ground this fast. So, it may well be worth backing the improving Mutakayyef to win for local trainer William Haggas.