Stars align for stellar Juddmonte International at York

Stunning eight-runner field declared for Group One

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Poet’s Word is one of a high-class field of eight in the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday.

Sir Michael Stoute’s stable star has already won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the King George this season, but the strength in depth he faces on the Knavesmire is nothing short of sensational.

John Gosden fields two of his best horses from a stable jam packed full of stars.

Roaring Lion returns to the scene of his easy Dante triumph in May, having subsequently run well in the Derby and won the Eclipse at Sandown.

Stablemate Without Parole steps up to 10 furlongs for the first time, having met with the first defeat of his career in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

Gosden decided not to declare Cracksman with the ground drying out.

Saeed bin Suroor also fields his two best horses in Benbatl and Thunder Snow.

Benbatl made great strides in Dubai and landed a Group One win in Germany last time out, while Thunder Snow has not been seen since claiming victory in the Dubai World Cup.

Aidan O’Brien’s Saxon Warrior won the 2000 Guineas and returned to something like his best when pushing Roaring Lion close in the Eclipse.

Latrobe represents O’Brien’s son, Joseph, after he was a mildly surprising winner of the Irish Derby.

The field is completed by the supplemented Thundering Blue, winner of the Group Two York Stakes over course and distance last time out.

Stars align for stellar Juddmonte International at York

York 15:35, 22 August 2018

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