15:35 York Wed 21 August 2019
- Juddmonte International Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1)
- 1m 2f 56y,
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Japan Cup winner in 2017 and runner-up in the Sheema Classic at Meydan early in the season. Probably wants quicker ground than this though and the drop back in trip doesn't seem ideal.
Produced a career best effort when landing the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and only narrowly denied by super mare Enable in the King George last time out. Goes on any ground and he's the one to beat on all known form.
Won on debut at this venue and made it three wins from four starts this campaign in a C&D Group 2 here last time out. Any rain would probably suit but has a bit to find with several of these rivals.
Had gone close a couple of times in Group 1 company before his career-best effort winning the Queen Anne at Ascot. Given too much to do in the Sussex Stakes last time and not ruled out on his first start at this trip for some time.
Two-time Group 3 winner who wasn't disgraced in the Eclipse earlier in the campaign. Soft ground a potential excuse here last time out but he's opposable with more rain forecast and often not straightforward (can sweat up and refuse to go to post).
Outran big odds in this race last year when sticking on for third but generally he's vulnerable at this level, as seen last time out at Saint-Cloud when last of seven. Drop back in trip is in his favour but readily opposed.
Improved for a drop in trip when causing a minor upset in the St James's Palace Stakes and lost nothing in defeat when runner-up in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood behind a smart sort. Gives the impression he will relish this step back up in trip.
Stayed on gamely for third in the Derby and followed up with a wide-margin win in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Gained Group 1 glory in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris last time, but will need a bit more progress to beat these rivals.
Made it two from two this season when winning in good fashion at Sandown (Listed) and only narrowly failed to reel in Circus Maximus at Royal Ascot. Shapes like a step up in trip will suit and half-brother to a French Oaks winner.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Roaring Lion||3||8-13||3/1||Full Result|
|T: J H M GosdenJ: Oisin Murphy|
Crystal Ocean (11/10), King Of Comedy (4/1), Japan (5/1), Circus Maximus (11/1), Elarqam (11/1), Lord Glitters (25/1), Regal Reality (28/1), Cheval Grand (33/1), Thundering Blue (50/1)
- Crystal Ocean
- King Of Comedy
- Circus Maximus
Our racing expert Ben Linfoot has three Value Bet selections for day one of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival and he's taking on Crystal Ocean in the big one.
Richard Fahey's Valdermoro is one of Simon Holt's two tips for Wednesday's high-class action at York.
Oli Bell is backing Joseph O'Brien to send out a winner at York on Wednesday - he has five day one selections as the Ebor Festival gets under way.