The Juddmonte International stakes often attaracts the good top horses in season.

A Group 1 race at York over a distance of one mile two furlongs and 88 yards for three year olds and upwards.

A prestigious open-age flat race, and is well contested by good horses.

First run in 1972 and devised by the former clerk of the course Major Leslie Petch.

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Race Conditions

For 3yo+ Weights 3yo colts and geldings 8st 12lb; fillies 8st 9lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 6lb; fillies 9st 3lb


This years top class Derby winner Australia comes here in great form having also won the Irish equivilent Derby this year and will take some beating in this race today.

The 4-year-old Telescope comes back to the course where he had a great Group 2 victory last year in the GREAT VOLTIGEUR STAKES.

Mukhadram owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum is also entered and has a fine race record and won the York Stakes (Group 2) last season at this course.

A good race in prospect today.



1 4 5-2413 Mukhadram 5 9-6 William Haggas Paul Hanagan 122
A fine five-year-old bay horse who finally got his deserved Group 1 win this season when he took the Coral – Eclipse at Sandown over 1 mile and 2 furlongs on good to firm ground on July 5. Unraced at two he had a good three-year-old season, if unspectacular. However he is one of those horses that got better and stronger in his four-year-old season starting with a Group 3 win in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown, a racecourse that he seems to do well on.
He ran a good second in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's stakes at Ascot .
He ended his four year campaign first with a win at this meeting last year in the Group 2 York Stakes, but then ran disappointingly in the Group 1 Champion stakes race at Ascot.
This season started in Dubai where he was second in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup. On return here he run in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's stakes and finished fourth.
Then came his Group 1 win by two lengths at Sandown. In contrast to that, his last race was a third-place at Ascot racecourse where he seems to be unable to win. He had Telescope a short head in front that day and given that he likes this course better than Ascot it would not be a great surprise to see him reverse form with that horse today.
A good horse who will battle all the way to the line for what looks like second place unless the very smart Australia doesn't perform to his full potential.

2 5 1-2212 Telescope 4 9-6 Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 123
A really fine top class a colt who has been extremely consistent in his runs to date.
In nine career starts this horse has not been out of the first two.
As a two-year-old he was a late starter not seen until September where he put up two good performances coming second and then winning while strongly fancied in the betting market.
In his three-year-old season he progressed really nicely winning the Group 2 Great Voltageur Stakes at this meeting showing that he has a liking for this course.
At the start of this season he ran twice finding Noble Mission just too good for him on both occasions on his unfavoured soft ground. When then back on good to firm at Ascot he was then outstanding in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes beating his field by over seven lengths. His last run again at Ascot in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stakes he found the Oaks winner Taghrooda too good but had Mukhadram a short head behind.
If the ground was firm today then I would give this horse a really good chance of taking second place but I fear that the ground may just have gone against him today, but still would be by no means a surprise to see this consistent horse running well.

3 3 3-1241 Arod 3 8-12 Peter Chapple-Hyam Jamie Spencer 109
A nice three-year-old bay colt who ran really well when coming fourth in this year's Derby and was eighth lengths behind the winner and today's main challenger Australia.
I can see little reason that would suggest he could overturn that today so it means that effectivly he is running for placed terms however with three top class horses in competition today he may need not only everything to go right in his race but something to go wrong with his contenders.
He will come here on the back of a win in a conditions stakes that really took little out of the horse winning the three runner event by 9 and 21 lengths.
Another thing in his favour was he ran really well here last May in the Group 2 Dante stakes where he was only three parts of a length behind another of his rivals today The Grey Gatsby.

4 6 11-311 Australia 3 8-12 A P OŽBrien Joseph O'Brien 123
An outstanding chestnut colt bred from two classic winners, Galileo (Derby winner) and Ouija Board (Oaks winner), and who has already won two Derby's.
He won the English Derby in really fine form winning by 1 1/4 lengths and the result never looked in doubt. Three weeks later he ran in the Irish Derby and was perhaps even more impressive winning by 2 1/2 lengths easing down, albeit against slightly poorer opposition.
Last season athough he did not win his first maiden race he did then go on and win two races with the final race a Group 3 at Leopardstown.
This season he was first tried in the 2000 Guineas and he ran very well in that race but could only manage third-place behind surprise winner Night of Thunder and the extremely smart Kingman who was only career defeat so far came in that race.
After his next two wins in the aforementioned Derby's he has been given a rest and has now been brought back for his late summer/autumn campaign.
Unless something goes wrong he looks unbeatable in this race and I'm sure will return later in the season on British Champions day at Ascot.

5 1 5-5102 Kingfisher 3 8-12 A P OŽBrien Seamie Heffernan 111
A nice enough three-year-old Bay colt who is a listed winner and who ran 10th in this year's Derby.
Looks to have little or no chance against the top class horses he is running against today and is likely only in the race to ensure a good pace for the favourite Australia who comes from the same stable and part ownership.

6 2 20116 The Grey Gatsby 3 8-12 Kevin Ryan Richard Hughes 119
A course and distance winner here earlier in the year when winning the Dante stakes he looked an improved horse. His previous run was in the 2000 Guineas where he finished 10th of 14 runners.
He is a Group 1 winner of the Prix Du Jockey club at Chantilly. His last run was of Longchamp where he ran poorly on almost bottomless ground over 1 mile and 4 furlongs. That run can easily be overlooked and he will come here today in good form and could be the best of the other runners outside the top three. Looks overpriced even in this competitive race and sure to put up a good performance. But this is a really competitive race with the three market leaders consistent and proven performers. A tough task today.


1 4 6 11-311 Australia 3 8-12 A P OŽBrien
2 6 2 20116 The Grey Gatsby 3 8-12 Kevin Ryan
3 2 5 1-2212 Telescope 4 9-6 Sir Michael Stoute
4 1 4 5-2413 Mukhadram 5 9-6 William Haggas
5 3 3 3-1241 Arod 3 8-12 Peter Chapple-Hyam
6 5 1 5-5102 Kingfisher 3 8-12 A P OŽBrien

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