JUDDMONTE INTERNATIONAL STAKES (Group 1)
York, Turf, 2092m
20 August 2014
Is it conceivable that the world is witnessing the emergence of another elite thoroughbred in the class of Frankel, universally considered the best racehorse in living memory?
Australia (GB) (Galileo) tops the Timeform Ratings at 137p ahead of his start in the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York August 20. A winner of both the G1 Investec Derby at Epsom and the G1 Irish Derby at The Curragh, the Aidan O’Brien-trained chestnut also was third in the G1 2000 Guineas behind Night of Thunder (Ire) (Dubawi) earlier in the season. He is rated one pound higher (with weight-adjusted ratings) than Group 1-caliber older horses Mukhadram (GB) (Shamardal) and Telescope (Ire) (Galileo), third and second respectively behind Taghrooda (GB) (Sea the Stars) in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot July 26. The Grey Gatsby (Ire) (Mastercraftsman) is 131, Kingfisher (Ire) (Galileo) is 125, and Arod (Ire) (Teofilo) rounds out the field at 123. The “p” in Australia’s ranking reflects the opinion he is capable of better according to Timeform.
“Australia has the potential to make the leap from current great to all-time great, and there’s a feeling within Timeform that the intermediate trip of a mile and a quarter, which he tackles for the first time at York, will be the springboard for him scaling even greater heights in ratings terms,” said Chief Correspondent Jamie Lynch. “It’s unusual for a dual Derby winner to have competition for the spotlight, and both Kingman (GB) and Taghrooda (GB) have achieved something special this summer, but Australia could easily outrank them both if he turns it on in the International over prospectively his best distance.” Lynch added, “Both Telescope and Mukhadram are now established Group 1 performers, but the King George proved that they’re vulnerable to a star 3-year-old, which is exactly what Australia is. The presence of such solid older horses makes this a big test for him, but Australia has risen to every challenge so far and he looks to have the firepower to run to the sort of 130+ rating that would put him in an elite bracket of active racehorses.”
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