Talking Horses: Mohaafeth can capture the Juddmonte International


Greg Wood

The absence of St Mark’s Basilica left the Ebor meeting’s showpiece an open race and William Haggas’s colt can profit

The late scratching of St Mark’s Basilica from the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday does at least make for an open renewal of the Ebor meeting’s showpiece Group One, with Mishriff and Love vying for favouritism having filled the frame behind Adayar in the King George last month.

It is possible to pick holes in their form, however, as Mishriff is winless in Europe this summer, while Love’s success in a slowly run Prince of Wales’s Stakes has not been advertised by the placed horses. Alcohol Free, the Sussex Stakes winner, will be a big runner if she gets the trip, but her sire was a sprinter and her three half-siblings have mainly been campaigned at sprint trips.

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