Arabian Queen defeats Golden Horn in the Juddmonte International
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Peter Scargill 9:48AM 13 FEB 2017
THE Juddmonte International, the jewel at the centre of York’s prestigious Ebor meeting, will be worth £1 million for the first time this year.
York has also upped prize-money by £10,000 for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, with both now worth £350,000, while the Betfred Ebor is up £5,000 to £285,000.
Already rated the best race in Britain on international rankings, the Juddmonte International has been won by some of the biggest names in the sport with the like of Frankel, Sea The Stars, Australia and Postponed capturing the contest in recent seasons.
In boosting prize-money by £100,000, York is aiming to continue to attract the star names for the contest, which will be run on August 23 this year.
Teddy Grimthorpe, York chairman and racing manager for Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, said: “Attracting the best horses to run in competitive races on the Knavesmire is what we are all about; so I am pleased that the unstinting support from long standing sponsors has allowed us to increase prize-money for our feature races again this year.
“The Juddmonte International will reach a notable landmark demonstrating the generous support of Prince Khalid for a race that I know he cherishes.”
The Juddmonte International had also received a boost of £50,000 last year as part of a wider prize-money increase across the whole of the Ebor meeting. No race at the four-day fixture has prize-money of less than £60,000.