Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to Wednesday's Juddmonte International Stakes at York...
"Yet to race on ground slower than good to firm, so significant rain would pose a question, however still lightly raced and could easily progress again."
Wednesday 23rd August, 15:35
1. DECORATED KNIGHT (Roger Charlton/Andrea Atzeni)
More progress this year, winning listed race at Lingfield in February, Jebel Hatta at Meydan in March and Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May. Good second to Highland Reel in Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and better than result (five and a quarter lengths sixth to Ulysses) in Coral-Eclipse Stakes last time, twice meeting trouble. Should get clear run here and not ruled out.
2. MY DREAM BOAT (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby)
Won twice in 2016, including in Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot (by neck from Found), and in the frame this year in Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown, Aston Park Stakes at Newbury (two lengths second to Hawkbill, staying on after labouring some way out) and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (in cheekpieces, creditable two and a quarter lengths fourth to Zarak). Below form, however, when well beaten seventh to Enable in King George last time. Could do with some rain.
3. ULYSSES (Sir Michael Stoute/Jim Crowley)
High-class performer who has developed well this year, winning Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown in April and Coral-Eclipse at Sandown in July, and third to Highland Reel in Prince of Wales's in between. Shaped very well when four and a half lengths second to Enable in King George last time, good headway to chase leaders 3f out but finding the winner a much stronger stayer. Usually waited with, and has high cruising speed, so won't be inconvenienced by drop back in trip.
4. BARNEY ROY (Richard Hannon/James Doyle)
High-class colt who won Greenham Stakes (7f) at Newbury in April and St James's Palace Stakes (1m) at Royal Ascot (by length from Lancaster Bomber) in June, runner-up to Churchill (despite inexperience) in 2000 Guineas in between. Proved better still, up in trip, when nose second to Ulysses in Eclipse last time, seeing the race out strongly. Yet to race on ground slower than good to firm, so significant rain would pose a question, however still lightly raced and could easily progress again.
5. CHURCHILL (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
High-class performer who was successful on five of six starts at two, and carried on in same vein when completing 2000 Guineas double at Newmarket (by length from Barney Roy) and at the Curragh (by two and a half lengths from subsequent Group 1 winner Thunder Snow), both in May. Lacklustre effort, though, when four and a quarter lengths fourth to Barney Roy in St James's Palace last time, pushed along soon after halfway. Too early to rule out and he remains capable of better still.
6. CLIFFS OF MOHER (Aidan O'Brien/Seamie Heffernan)
Won Dee Stakes at Chester in May and much improved when three quarters of a length second in Derby at Epsom in June. Sweating/edgy before four and a half lengths fourth to Ulysses in Eclipse last time, lacking speed to challenge (shuffled back early). Several entries over 1m so connections clearly believe he has the pace for this sort of trip, and no surprise to see an improved effort.
7. SHUTTER SPEED (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
Won at Newbury in April and Musidora Stakes over C&D (by one and three quarter lengths) in May, and better than distance beaten suggests when one and a half lengths fourth of 16 to Senga in Prix de Diane at Chantilly last time, looking main threat to winner until no extra final 100 yards. That form not the best, but has plenty of scope and may do better still. Entered at Deauville at the weekend.
Timeform Juddmonte International 1-2-3
1. Barney Roy
Timeform Analyst's Juddmonte International Verdict:
A terrific renewal in prospect. BARNEY ROY was narrowly denied by Ulysses in the Eclipse but he has the scope for a bit better still after just 5 starts and is taken to improve past Sir Michael Stoute's charge. Dual Guineas winner Churchill can't have been himself when comfortably held by the selection in the St James's Palace and is also respected over a trip he shapes as if he'll stay.