Juddmonte International Stakes
Group 1, York 15:35
£1,000,000 added,
3yo plus,
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.

Poet's Word
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Poet's Word

With a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe unlikely, the Irish Champion Stakes and then possibly the Breeders’ Cup are his objectives before a return to Dubai.

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.”

Roaring Lion
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Roaring Lion
A close third in the Derby at Epsom in June behind Masar, Roaring Lion last month won a thrilling renewal of the Eclipse at Sandown, holding off gallant 2,000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior in a pulsating finish at the Esher venue.

That was Roaring Lion's maiden Group One success and came over the trip he'll face at York on 22nd August.

He's already snared Dante Stakes glory on the Knavesmire this season and is currently 3/1 to add the Juddmonte International.

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
Going:

Form Horse Age Weight Trainer
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

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