Juddmonte International Stakes Tips: Mishriff to shock Baaeed at York

Mishriff bids for a second win in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
Mishriff bids for a second win in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

A perfect nine wins from nine races has catapulted Baaeed to the top of the tree in the Flat sphere, but the William Haggas-trained superstar will face his toughest test to date on Wednesday when he steps up in trip for the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York on day one of the Ebor Festival. Our man Steve Chambers previews the opening day feature here and takes on the wondrous four-year-old with a proven class act...

There's no denying Baaeed's dominance over a mile as having ended last season with a sparkling win in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot he then kicked off this campaign with a facile win in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Sent to Royal Ascot and sent off a red-hot odds-on favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes, the son of Sea The Stars duly brushed his rivals aside, before he continued to show his dominance over eight furlongs with an easy win in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Now stepping up to 1m 2f for the valuable Juddmonte International Stakes, Baaeed will be tested over a longer trip for the first time, as he looks to emulate his father Sea The Stars by claiming victory in this prestigious event on the Knavesmire. However, whilst there's no doubting that he is currently by far and a way the best horse in the contest, this will give him a much tougher task, as he's shown a fine turn of foot and a relentless galloping style to pull clear of some decent milers. But, the mile division is significantly devoid of classy operators currently, and the current 4/9 available for him to strike gold could be worth taking on.

Jim Crowley will have to keep a lid on Baaeed, whose cruising speed can get others off the bridle early on, but now stepping up a further quarter of a mile he may just find it tough to have that instant burst of pace to pull clear in the matter of a few strides, and he will take on some proven stayers here, and the one that could be a notable thorn in his side is the reigning champion MISHRIFF, who at 7/2 looks the value play against the market leader.

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John & Thady Gosden's Mishriff has failed to get his head in front this year, but he's hardly been disgraced as following a fine runner-up finish in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, the son of Make Believe then finished third in the King George at Ascot. Arguably his finest performance came in this race 12 months ago as he bounded to an emphatic six-length victory over Alenquer, and that pair are set to lock horns again wit Alenquer available at 20/1.

He may lack the speed of Baaeed, but Mishriff is sure to see out the trip with aplomb and he if can try and eyeball the Haggas hotpot in the closing stages of the race then he could well just outbattle him in the closing stages, and at the prices he makes much more appeal than the short odds available about the favourite.

Charlie Appleby's Native Trail made a good impression when stepped up in trip last time out in the Coral-Eclipse, where he was just edged out to third place in that Sandown Group 1 by Mishriff, and the Godolphin raider set for another crack at ten furlongs, and is 15/2. Second in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, he then showed his class when winning the Irish equivalent at the Curragh before running well at Sandown. The three-year-old will be in receipt of weight from his older rivals in this event, but he may just lack the class of Mishriff, who can frank the Sandown form.

Alenquer got the better of High Definition (33/1) in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh two starts ago, but he was last in the Coral-Eclipse, while the Aidan O'Brien-trained High Definition has often blown more cold than hot in recent times, and can be ignored.

Sir Busker and Dubai Honour (both 50/1) fought out the finish in the Group 2 York Stakes back in July at the track, but both would need to immeasurably to land a blow against some proven Group 1 performers, and that pair will find it hard to play any role in a race that can go the way of Mishriff.

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