Several top-class runners return to action at York on Wednesday, as seven are declared in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes.
MISHRIFF (7/4) only found Derby winner Adayer too good in the King George at Ascot last month and John & Thady Gosden’s runner could well return to winning ways in this contest.
The Make Believe colt had a successful tour in the Middle East, winning the Saudi Cup and the Dubai Sheema Classic for his connections.
The four-year-old is yet to fire on British soil this season, finishing third in the Coral-Eclipse before placing at Ascot three weeks later.
He does concede weight to all his rivals, but he will be tough to beat if at his best.
LOVE (11/4) impressed critics alike when landing a 1000 Guineas-Oaks double last season, but she failed to fire on her second start against male counterparts at Ascot last month.
Aidan O’Brien’s recruit was pushed all the way in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes by Audarya, but she won the battle of wits and held on to win by three-quarters of a length.
She does have a length and three-quarters to find on Mishriff, but the Galileo filly is a top-class competitor and she could well bounce back to form here.
ALCOHOL FREE (6/1) has exploded onto the scene in recent months for Andrew Balding, with the No Nay Never filly claiming two Group 1 successes.
She thrived in the heavy conditions at Royal Ascot as she landed the Coronation Cup before finishing third in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
The three-year-old produced a top-draw performance in the Sussex Stakes, getting the better of 2000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare at Goodwood last month.
She will want some rain overnight though and she faces a whole new level of competition here.
William Haggas holds two entries in the contest, with MOHAAFETH (6/1) making his Group 1 debut and ALENQUER (12/1) returns to British soil after finishing third in the Grand Prix de Paris.
Irish 2000 Guineas MAC SWINEY (16/1) makes the trip across the Irish Sea to York for Jim Bolger, while Kevin Ryan’s JUAN ELCANO (40/1) should appreciate the faster conditions here.
- Love @ 11/4