Juddmonte International Stakes
Group 1, York
£963,750 added,
3yo plus,
1m 2f 88y, Class 1   
Wednesday 17th August 2017

A step up to 10 furlongs for the Juddmonte International at York could be a long-term option for Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes winner Ribchester.

Ribchester
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Ribchester

The Godolphin-owned colt is more immediately likely to stay at a mile for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, but trainer Richard Fahey mentioned in the aftermath of his Newbury success that a longer trip would hopefully be within his compass at some stage.

Fahey told www.sportinglife.com: "The Juddmonte International at York was on my mind over the winter. 

"As you saw at Newbury, he appreciates a long straight and he stays well - you could see in the Lockinge how well he saw out his race.

"So maybe York could suit but that's a long way off and, as with all plans going forward, we'll sit down with John (Ferguson, Godolphin racing manager) and see what we come up with."

A son of Iffraaj, Ribchester's only previous attempt at a distance beyond a mile was at Meydan in March, where he was a length third to Japanese challenger Vivlos in the nine-furlong Dubai Turf.

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Juddmonte International Stakes 2016
(Group 1) (British Champions Series)
£963,750 added, 3yo plus, 1m 2f 88y, Class 1
12 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (6) Postponed (IRE) 15/8f Andrea Atzeni
9-6
R Varian 5
2nd (3) Highland Reel (IRE) 6/1 J A Heffernan
9-6
A P O'Brien 4
3rd (8) 1 Mutakayyef 15/2 P Hanagan
9-6
W J Haggas 5
4th (4) 2 Sir Isaac Newton 25/1 C O'Donoghue
9-6
A P O'Brien 4
5th (2) hd Exosphere 28/1 P J Smullen
9-6
Sir Michael Stoute 4
6th (10) 6 The Grey Gatsby (IRE) 10/1 D Tudhope
9-6
K A Ryan 5
7th (9) ¾ Almodovar (IRE) 20/1 G Baker
9-6
D R Lanigan 4
8th (13) hd Hawkbill (USA) 6/1 W Buick
8-12
C Appleby 3
9th (12) Wings of Desire 8/1 L Dettori
8-12
J H M Gosden 3
10th (5) 5 Dariyan (FR) 14/1 C Soumillon
9-6
A Royer De Dupre 4
11th (1) 7 Arab Spring (IRE) 25/1 J P Spencer
9-6
Sir Michael Stoute 6
12th (11) ¾ King Bolete (IRE) 150/1 Jack Mitchell
9-6
R Varian 4
NR (7) My Dream Boat (IRE) 25/1 Non Runner
9-6
C G Cox 4