Juddmonte International Stakes – Racing Tips’ 1-2-3

Juddmonte International Stakes – Wednesday 17th August 

The feature race on day 1 of the Sky Bet Ebor Festival is the Juddmonte International Stakes and here at Racing Tips, we have provided our 1-2-3 for the Group 1 contest which you can check out below, alongside an exclusive offer from Bet365: Get £50 in Free Bets when you place a £10 bet! 

1. Baaeed 2/5

All eyes on Wednesday afternoon will be firmly on BAAEED as William Haggas’ stable star bids to stretch his unbeaten record to ten in the feature Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes. 

The son of Sea The Stars has reigned supreme in the one-mile division and recorded his fifth Group 1 success at that trip at the Goodwood Festival last month, bounding clear inside the final furlong under regular pilot Jim Crowley to win the Qatar Sussex Stakes by a cosy 1¾ lengths. Worryingly for his opponents, Baaeed has the potential to be even better when his stamina is properly tested, given that the unbeaten miler is a full brother to Owen Burrows 1m4f-1m6f winner Hukum. 

Given the fact that he may have untapped potential beyond a mile, William Haggas’ unbeaten star is difficult to oppose as he tackles ten furlongs for the very time on Wednesday afternoon and the four-year-old is strongly fancied to justify prohibitive odds and make it a perfect 10-10. 

2. Mishriff 4/1 

Baaeed may well relish this step up to ten furlongs on Wednesday afternoon but he arguably faces his toughest opponent so far on track in John & Thady Gosden’s MISHRIFF. The globetrotting five-year-old was the joint-top rated turf horse in Europe after thumping his six rivals in last season’s renewal and has perhaps been a little unfortunate not to get his head in front so far this term. 

A luckless run in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on his penultimate start saw him lose out by just a neck to French raider Vadeni and whilst he was beaten over ten lengths in third in the King George at Ascot on his latest outing, Mishriff actually shaped well in defeat, considering he lost many lengths at the start and was perhaps stretched by the step back up to twelve furlongs. 

Connections wisely revert to his optimum trip on Wednesday afternoon and if turning up in a similar form to twelve months ago, Mishriff could prove to be a serious challenger to the brilliant Baaeed. 

3. Dubai Honour 50/1

It could be worth chancing one of the likely outsiders to hit the frame in Wednesday’s feature race and the one who appeals most is William Haggas’ DUBAI HONOUR.

The Pride Of Dubai gelding enjoyed a tremendous 3yo campaign last year, landing a valuable handicap at Newmarket over this trip last July before recording back-to-back Group 2 victories at Deauville and Longchamp towards the end of the season. Stepped up to Group 1 company on his final 3yo outing at Ascot last October, Dubai Honour ran a huge race to finish second on his first start crack at the highest level, finishing comfortably ahead of Mishriff and just three parts of a length behind the eventual winner Sealiway in the Qipco Champion Stakes. 

Despite shaping in need of his seasonal reappearance when finishing down the field in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March, Dubai Honour returned to British soil following a 119-day break with a narrow defeat to Sir Busker in the Sky Bet York Stakes over this very course and distance. Beaten a nose on that particular occasion, William Haggas’ four-year-old should strip noticeably fitter for that run and connections will expect him to perform well once again on Wednesday afternoon.