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2023 Juddmonte International Stakes Tips & Predictions

DateWednesday August 23, 2023
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prize money£1 million

{Horses rated higher than 120 have won 10 of the last 12 International Stakes.}

One of the richest thoroughbred races in Britain, the Juddmonte International Stakes is worth $1 million to the best middle-distance runner in the land.

Won by the likes of Frankel, Postponed and Sea the Stars, the International Stakes at York is one of the must-see races this year and bettors target this race every season.

International Stakes day betting card

The International Stakes is one of only six races on the card at York, which also includes the Voltigeur Stakes

Race No.
Race Name
1Symphony Group Handicap
2Acomb Stakes
3Voltigeur Stakes
4International Stakes
5Class 2 Handicap
6Betway Nursery

International Stakes betting selections & tips

We will have expert tips for the International Stakes available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers.

International Stakes history

The International Stakes was devised in 1972 where Roberto became the first and last horse to beat Brigadier Gerard.

Formerly known as the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup, the sponsorship has since been taken over by Juddmonte Farms and it can be referred to as the Juddmonte International.

Held on the first day of the Ebor Festival at York, the International Stakes might not have a lengthy history, but there have been some supreme winners.

Frankel stretched his record to 13 wins from 13 starts when winning in 2012 and Sea the Stars won in 2009, the same year it won six Group 1 races, including the 2000 Guineas, Derby and Prix de L'arc de Triomphe.

Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O'Brien have five wins each and Frankie Dettori has ridden five winners, most recently in 2007 with Authorized.

International Stakes betting guide

For the most part the International Stakes is taken out by the well-favoured thoroughbreds, but there is the odd upset.

Arabian Queen shocked punters in 2015 when winning at 50/1. The three-year-old carried a low rating into the race but was good enough to beat a quality field.

That was the only double-figure winner in the last 12 years, which has included a range of short-priced favourites.

Frankel remained unbeaten at odds of 1/10 and Duke of Marmalade (4/6), Rip Van Winkle (7/4) and Australia (8/13) justified their short quotes.

The higher the rating, the better they perform. Only Arabian Queen carried a rating lower than 110 and 10 of the last 12 winners have been rated above 120, so look for those ratings when placing a bet.

Only one winner since 2006 hasn't won that season before taking out the International Stakes. Rip Van Winkle hadn't won its first two starts that season, but punters were confident in its chances.

Duke of Marmalade, Frankel, Postponed and Sea the Stars had all won at least three races that season before winning the International Stakes.

International Stakes race trends

10 of the last 12 runners were aged three of four.

Seven of the last 12 winners have been favourites and 10 of the 12 were top three in the market.

Form at York isn't needed as only three of those 12 winners had experience on the track but having form at this distance is important.

All 12 of the recent winners had at least won one Group race prior to the York feature.

International Stakes past winners

Race Winner
2018Roaring Lion
2015Arabian Queen
2013Declaration of War
2011Twice Over
2010Rip van Winkle
2009Sea The Stars
2008Duke of Marmalade
2000Giant's Causeway
1999Royal Anthem
1998One So Wonderful
1992Rodrigo de Triano
1990In The Groove
1989Ill de Chypre
1988Shady Heights