Juddmonte International Stakes Date is Wednesday, 19 August 2020 (3:35)

Racecourse: York

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Type: Group 1 Weight for Age Stakes Flat Race

Age Of The Horses: 4 Years Old and Older

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Distance: 1 Mile 2 Furlongs 56 Yards

Winner 2019: Japan

The first of three Group 1 races during the Ebor Festival run at York each year is the Juddmonte International Stakes. Originally sponsored by Benson and Hedges, it was first run in 1972 with the famous meeting between Roberto and Brigadier Gerard on the Knavesmire.

Since 1989, however, the race has been sponsored by Juddmonte Farms – the breeding operation of powerful global owner Prince Khalid Abdullah of the Saudi Arabian royal family. It has developed into the most prestigious middle-distance Flat race run in the north of England.

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General Race Info

Runners & Tips

Stats & Trends

Past Winners

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2020 Juddmonte International Stakes Info

Held in August, the Juddmonte International has been won by top thoroughbreds including Dahlia, Rodrigo de Triano, Singspiel, Giant’s Causeway, Nayef, Authorized, Sea The Stars, Frankel and Australia. Three-year-olds get 7lb weight for age from their elders in this race.

That is incentivise younger horses to come to York and run in the Juddmonte International Stakes. Its place in the annual calendar and British pattern programme is about halfway between the Eclipse at Sandown in early July and the Champion Stakes at Ascot during mid-October.

2020 Juddmonte International Stakes Runners

A total of 14 horses have been entered in the Juddmonte International Stakes of 2020:

  1. Anthony Van Dyck (Aidan O’Brien, IRE)
  2. Aspetar (Roger Charlton)
  3. Benbatl (Saeed bin Surror)
  4. Ghaiyyath (Charlie Appleby)
  5. Japan (Aidan O’Brien, IRE)
  6. Lord North (John Gosden)
  7. Sir Dragonet (Aidan O’Brien, IRE)
  8. Magical (Aidan O’Brien, IRE)
  9. Magic Wand (Aidan O’Brien, IRE)
  10. Armory (Aidan O’Brien, IRE)
  11. Kameko (Andrew Balding)
  12. Mishriff (John Gosden)*
  13. Palace Pier (John Gosden)*
  14. Rose Of Kildare (Mark Johnston)

*Declared to run in France the weekend before the Juddmonte International Stakes.

If you are looking for betting on the Juddmonte International Stakes, then be sure to visit bookmakers from midsummer onwards and especially following the Eclipse. That is the previous Group 1 over roughly 10 furlongs. The Juddmonte International is an early closing race, so entries will be out well in advance. While you will find ante post markets on the race, be warned that you could use your stake if the horse you fancy doesn’t line up in the race.

The trade off here is that you will get better prices on the Juddmonte International Stakes runners in advance. These are typical pros and cons of gambling on any horse race well before the event takes place. Those running in the Juddmonte International won’t be confirmed until around 48 hours before the off, but here are some horses that are prominent in the betting for this year’s renewal:

Ghaiyyath (2/1)

After impressive front-running wins in both the Coronation Cup and the Eclipse, Ghaiyyath is ante post favourite for the Juddmonte International Stakes. The five-year-old is trained by Charlie Appleby for another of the world’s most powerful racehorse owners, Godolphin. Ghaiyyath is lightly-raced for his age and has won eight of his 11 career starts. He is five from six over the Juddmonte International trip and travels well, having earned victories abroad in France and Dubai.

 See Ghaiyyath win the 2020 Coronation Cup:

Ghaiyyath bombed out in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe following an impressive 14-length win at Group 1 level in Germany beforehand. He has since scored on all three starts, breezing to reappearance success at Meydan in the Middle East. As Ghaiyyath then made all to land the Coronation Cup at Newmarket and likewise in the Eclipse, he may take some stopping. That is why he is a top-price 5/4 with Unibet for Juddmonte International honours.

The form of his last two starts read very well. Coronation Cup third Stradivarius has since completed a Gold Cup hat-trick at Royal Ascot and won a record fourth Goodwood Cup, while Eclipse runner-up Enable went on to land a historic third King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes crown. Godolphin have won the Juddmonte International Stakes four times before and Ghaiyyath has leading claims of adding to their previous haul if taking his chance on the Knavesmire. That is their intention with Appleby keeping him fresh for York.

Magical (5/1)

Five of the six Group 1 races won by Irish mare Magical have come at the same trip as the Juddmonte International. The five-year-old was supposed to go to the paddocks following last season, but remains in training with Ballydoyle maestro Aidan O’Brien and it has yielded more success for her Coolmore owners. After learning the hard way to swerve old rival Enable who finished in front of her on five different occasions, Magical has won her last three starts.

The daughter of Galileo completed a Champion Stakes double with victory at Ascot on her final outing of 2019. Magical had previously landed the Irish equivalent at Leopardstown before running fifth in the Arc. She clearly retains plenty of her old ability as she has scored on both starts at The Curragh this season. Magical was a ready winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes against fellow fillies and mares, then followed-up with a successful defence of her Tattersalls Gold Cup crown against the colts.

See Magical win the 2019 Qipco Champion Stakes:

Off the back of that latest effort and a disappointing display from stable companion Japan in the King George, O’Brien is looking at Magical contesting the Juddmonte International Stakes. She is 11/2 with Paddy Power and the race distance is clearly her optimum. Her claims are very solid and, as a mare, she would get a 3lb sex allowance from the boys if taking her chance at York where she was runner-up in the 2019 Yorkshire Oaks when last visiting the Knavesmire.

Lord North (4/1)

Few horses have been so progressive in the last 12 months as Lord North. Trainer John Gosden has brought about almost two stone’s worth of improvement in his rating. The four-year-old won last year’s Cambridgeshire Handicap off a mark of 98. If Lord North was chucked in off that, he justified a 14lb higher rating when winning a Listed race at Newmarket later in the autumn.

That upward curve for this Dubawi gelding continued when he made a winning reappearance in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes. In a ding-dong tussle with last year’s Juddmonte International third Elarqam, Lord North just prevailed by a short-head. His finest hour came when last in action at Royal Ascot with Group 1 glory in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

After being held-up by James Doyle, he found himself short of room two out. Once switched, however, Lord North made headway and led entering the final furlong. He kept on strongly for a comfortable 3¾ lengths success over Addeybb. Subsequent Group 1 winner Barney Roy was a further 1¼ lengths behind in fourth and Japan, the previous victor of the Juddemonte International Stakes, was fifth. Now rated 124, Lord North is a 4/1 chance with Paddy Power to follow-up here.

Kameko (11/2)

Comparisons have already been made between 2018 Juddmonte International winner Roaring Lion and Kameko. The pair share a sire in Kitten’s Joy and owners in Qatar Racing. While Roaring Lion was trained by John Gosden, Kameko is in the care of Andrew Balding and won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Classic glory was the aim ever since he rounded off his juvenile campaign with a comprehensive victory in the rearranged Veterm Futurity Trophy on the all-weather at Newcastle.

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Kameko did just enough to hold Wichita by a neck on the Rowley Mile on reappearance. They pulled a length clear of last year’s unbeaten and champion juvenile Pinatubo who was given the highest official rating for a two-year-old in 25 years. Connections went to The Derby looking to double-up in Classic company, but there were doubts over the stamina of Kameko. That remains an unanswered question as Serpentine blew the field wide apart under an enterprising ride.

Kameko did just enough to hold Wichita by a neck on the Rowley Mile on reappearance. They pulled a length clear of last year’s unbeaten and champion juvenile Pinatubo who was given the highest official rating for a two-year-old in 25 years. Connections went to The Derby looking to double-up in Classic company, but there were doubts over the stamina of Kameko. That remains an unanswered question as Serpentine blew the field wide apart under an enterprising ride.

Juddmonte International Stakes Stats & Trends

Knowing the prevailing trends about the Juddmonte International Stakes can help you to make better betting decisions. Leading Flat trainers target this race each and every with some of their best middle-distance horses, so being aware of statistics should also assist you in choosing which to bet on. Here are some of the key stats relating to the race:

Most successful horses

Three horses have won the Juddmonte International twice. Globetrotting mare Dahlia was the first with back-to-back wins in 1974 and 1975. Ezzoud replicated that in 1993 and 1994, and Halling matched it in 1995 and 1996.

Leading jockeys

Two giants of the weighing room are currently tied on five Juddmonte International Stakes wins each. The legendary Lester Piggott partnered Dahlia (1974 and 1975), Hawaiian Sound (1978), Commanche Run (1985) and Rodrigo de Triano (1992). Italian jockey Frankie Dettori matched “The Long Fellow” after riding Halling (1996), Singspiel (1997), Sakhee (2001), Sulamani (2005) and Authorized (2007) to victory.

Leading trainers

Sir Michael Stoute has a joint-record six successes in the Juddmonte International, courtesy of Shardari (1986), Ezzoud (1994 and 1994), Singspiel (1997), Notnowcato (2006) and Ulysses (2017). Sharing the top trainer accolade is Aidan O’Brien thanks to wins with Giant’s Causeway (2000), Duke of Marmalade (2008), Rip van Winkle (2010), Declaration of War (2013), Australia (2014) and Japan (2019).

Leading owners

Susan Magnier and Coolmore partner Michael Tabor have part-owned all six of the O’Brien trained Juddmonte International Stakes winners.

Age

Three-year-olds receive 7lb weight for age from their elders in this race, so it’s no surprise to find that four of the last six winners of the Juddmonte International come from that bracket. Taking a longer view, however, only five victors have been aged three since 2007. The race terms are very much in favour of younger horses, so bear that in mind.

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Juddmonte International Past Winners

Some very famous Flat thoroughbred racehorses have won the Juddmonte International Stakes, so here are the last 10 with race summaries for the past three renewals:

What Happened in 2019?

Japan just prevailed under Ryan Moore in a thrilling finish to the 2019 Juddmonte International to land odds of 5/1. Victory for the Galileo colt was a record equalling sixth in the race for trainer Aidan O’Brien. After tracking the leaders, Japan made headway approaching two out and was ridden to challenge before the final furlong. He came under a drive and went into the lead inside the last, then had a ding-dong battle with Sir Michael Stoute’s 11/10 favourite and fellow Royal Ascot winner Crystal Ocean all the way to the line.
Just a head separated Japan and the five-year-old runner-up from whom he got 7lb weight-for-age. That allowance only told in dying strides as, about 50 yards from home, Crystal Ocean got his head in front. The first two were a length clear of 2019 York Stakes scorer Elarqam at 8/1 for local trainer Mark Johnston with the third home denied a clear run entering the final furlong. This narrow victory saw Japan complete a hat-trick following wins in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes and Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris over in France.

2018 Juddmonte International Stakes Result

Roaring Lion returned to York and followed-up on his ready Dante Stakes success earlier in the campaign with a commanding victory in the Juddmonte International. Trained by John Gosden and ridden by Qatar Racing’s retained jockey Oisin Murphy, the 3/1 second-favourite tracked the leaders and started making very smooth headway before three out. Within another furlong, Roaring Lion was close up and led after the two pole. He was soon clear and ran out a 3¼ lengths victor over Poet’s Word.

The runner-up, the 8/5 favourite, came into the race off the back of wins in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and the King George for Sir Michael Stoute. Poet’s Word was half-a-length in front of 50/1 outsider Thundering Blue who ran the race of his life. While Roaring Lion came into the Juddmonte International Stakes having not quite got The Derby trip at Epsom, but the drop down in distance suited him. Old rival Saxon Warrior, who beat him in the 2000 Guineas but Roaring Lion finished in front of during The Derby and the Eclipse, was a further 1¼ lengths behind in fourth.

2017 Juddmonte International Stakes Result

Ulysses made trainer Sir Michael Stoute the most successful trainer in Juddmonte International history with a sixth success in the race. Sent off at 4/1 under Jim Crowley, the four-year-old tracked the leaders and improved three furlongs from home. By two out, Ulysses was close up and led inside the last where he kept on strongly for a two-length victory over 5/2 favourite Churchill who previously won both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas.

Godolphin’s Barney Roy, the winner of St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, was a further neck behind in third at 11/4 as the first three in the betting filled the places albeit not in market order. This victory for Ulysses was impressive as he was giving 7lb weight for age away to the next three home in behind him. The front trio pulled 4½ lengths of the fourth, Cliffs Of Moher. Ulysses replicated his win in the Eclipse here after chasing home Enable in the King George after Sandown.

Key Trials for the Juddmonte International

There are two races over the Juddmonte International Stakes course and distance on the Knavesmire that act as trials for the race. Away from York, it is also worth looking at other Group 1 races over 10 furlongs held the same summer to give you an idea of contenders. Here are the winner of these key trials this year:

  • Dante Stakes – Thunderous
  • Prince Of Wales’s Stakes – Lord North
  • Eclipse Stakes – Ghaiyyath
  • York Stakes – Aspetar