Juddmonte International Stakes
| Group 1, York 15:35
1m 2f 56y, Class 1
|Wednesday 22nd August 2018|
With a date at York for the Juddmonte International looming, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Poet’s Word has the chance of a Group One midsummer hat-trick, having defeated Cracksman in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and stablemate Crystal Ocean in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Second in the Sheema Classic in March this year, Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, has raised the possibility of an exciting raid on the Dubai World Cup next year.
“York is still on the agenda, as are a few of those nice races coming up, but York is what we are thinking,” said Raymond.
“There’s York and then the Irish Champion Stakes, but I don’t think the Arc is really on his agenda, maybe the Breeders’ Cup.
“I don’t think he’d want soft ground, so the Arc hasn’t ever really been in our thoughts.
“The owner would like to take him back to Dubai and I’m sure he’ll be in training next year.
“He’ll either run in the Sheema Classic again or the World Cup, which is very prestigious.”
That was Roaring Lion's maiden Group One success and came over the trip he'll face at York on 22nd August.
The son of Kitten's Joy made his first appearance on grass since winning at Sandown when working just under a mile with a stable companion before racing at Newmarket on Saturday and his trainer was delighted.
He followed a similar preparation going into the Eclipse, and did so more impressively this time under Rab Havlin, pulling nicely clear in the closing stages of the workout.
"He worked with a much better horse than he did the last time he did this. I was very pleased with him and he worked very nicely. Rab said he had plenty left," said Gosden.
"It is the first time he has been on the grass since the Eclipse. He has been in great nick. He has been in good form since Sandown and we are happy with him."
King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Poet's Word is 5/2 to add the Juddmonte to his impressive season for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, while Aidan O'Brien's Saxon Warrior is 5/1 to score at York.
Gosden admits that a high-class renewal of the Knavesmire contest is now in prospect, while he suggests it is too soon to speculate on whether or not Cracksman will join his stablemate.
"It is an exciting race with Poet's Word and Saxon Warrior. There are some lovely horses in it," he added.
"It is too far off to say if Cracksman would run. We don't know what the ground will be. Anything is under consideration, we will just see what the weather does."
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Juddmonte International Stakes
(Group 1) (British Champions Series)
£1,000,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 2f 56y, Class 1
24 remaining entries
|148-361||Accidental Agent 64||4||9-6||Eve Johnson Houghton|
|131-118||Addeybb (IRE) 95||4||9-6||W J Haggas|
|112101||Benbatl 24||4||9-6||S bin Suroor|
|111-112||Cracksman 63||4||9-6||J H M Gosden|
|12-1112||Crystal Ocean 25||4||9-6||Sir Michael Stoute|
|1-22110||Dash Of Spice 39||4||9-6||D R C Elsworth|
|513-556||Eminent (IRE) 39||4||9-6||M Meade|
|111111-||Enable 325||4||9-3||J H M Gosden|
|28-1175||Forest Ranger (IRE) 25||4||9-6||R A Fahey|
|1-16323||Gustav Klimt (IRE) 45||3||8-13||A P O'Brien|
|10-3345||Happily (IRE) 46||3||8-10||A P O'Brien|
|121-287||Hydrangea (IRE) 25||4||9-3||A P O'Brien|
|2-2211||Latrobe (IRE) 53||3||8-13||Joseph P O'Brien|
|1244-41||Magical (IRE) 31||3||8-10||A P O'Brien|
|26-2111||Poet's Word (IRE) 25||5||9-6||Sir Michael Stoute|
|712-419||Rhododendron (IRE) 64||4||9-3||A P O'Brien|
|2-35131||Roaring Lion (USA) 46||3||8-13||J H M Gosden|
|762-617||Romanised (IRE) 64||3||8-13||K J Condon|
|419225||Rostropovich (IRE) 25||3||8-13||A P O'Brien|
|11-1432||Saxon Warrior (JPN) 46||3||8-13||A P O'Brien|
|14323-7||September (IRE) 31||3||8-10||A P O'Brien|
|30-2121||Thunder Snow (IRE) 144||4||9-6||S bin Suroor|
|1-||Willie John 310||3||8-13||R Varian|
|1-111||Without Parole 64||3||8-13||J H M Gosden|