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Welcome to Paddy Power’s ultimate runner-by-runner guide to the Juddmonte International Stakes – the big race on the opening day of York’s Ebor Festival 2021.
The 1m 2f contest was blown wide open at final declarations when it was revealed antepost odds-on favourite St Mark’s Basilica would not run after sustaining an infection.
Aidan O’Brien’s superstar, the joint-highest rated horse in the world alongside Adayar, suffered a cut to a hind leg after losing a front shoe on the gallops.
Ballydoyle have called on last year’s dual Classic winner Love to fill the void and challenge Mishriff and five other runners including Alcohol Free and Mac Swiney.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 4 Weight: 9st 3lbs
Strong, close-coupled filly: high-class performer: unbeaten in 2020, winning 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, Oaks at Epsom and Yorkshire Oaks at York: also won Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot (by ¾ length from Audarya) in June: 13/8, only 3½ lengths third of 5 to Adayar in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last time, carrying head bit awkwardly under pressure: stays 1½m: acts on firm and good to soft going: usually responds generously to pressure.
Trainer: Kevin Ryan Jockey: Andrea Atzeni Age: 4 Weight: 9st 6lbs
Strong, good-bodied gelding: has had breathing operation: smart performer: won listed Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot (by ½ length from Patrick Sarsfield) in June: 8/1, good head second of 5 to Bangkok in York Stakes at York last time, well positioned: stays 10.5f: acts on soft and good to firm going: sometimes slowly away.
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: David Egan Age: 4 Weight: 9st 6lbs
Well-made, attractive colt: high-class performer: won Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz in February and Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan (by neck from Chrono Genesis) in March: 13/2, good 1¾ lengths second of 5 to Adayar in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last time: stays 1½m: acts on dirt and any turf going.
Trainer: J. S. Bolger Jockey: K. J. Manning Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs
Very smart performer: won 3 times at 2 yrs, including Futurity Trophy at Doncaster: also won Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh (by short head from Poetic Flare) in May: 10/1, below form when 10 lengths sixth of 11 to Hurricane Lane in Irish Derby at latter course last time: should stay 1½m: acts on soft going.
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Oisin Murphy Age: 3 Weight: 8st 10lbs
Good-topped filly: very smart performer: won Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury in April and Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot (by 1½ lengths from Snow Lantern) in June: well-backed 7/2, improved when also won 9-runner Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last time by 1¾ lengths from Poetic Flare: stays 1m: acts on soft and good to firm going: often travels strongly.
Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs
Sturdy colt: second foal: dam, German 1m winner, half-sister to 1m winner Wilder Wein: smart performer: won Classic Trial at Sandown (by ½ length from Adayar) in April and King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot (by 1½ lengths from Tasman Bay, leading over 1f out) in June: 29/10, 7¼ lengths third of 11 to Hurricane Lane in Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp last time, staying on from rear to grab third near line: will stay 1¾m: acts on soft going.
Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Jim Crowley Age: 3 Weight: 8st 13lbs
Well-made colt: smart performer: completed 4-timer in minor event at Lingfield in March, handicap and listed race at Newmarket in April/May, and Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot (by 1¾ lengths from Roman Empire) in June: 4/5, shaped best when neck third of 5 to Bangkok in York Stakes at York last time, unable to sustain effort after big move into contention from poor position: stays 1¼m: acts on polytrack, firm and soft going: usually travels strongly: remains with potential.
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