Al Kazeem will be looking to cement himself as one of the leading horses in training as he bids to take another Group 1 prize. Here we analyse the runners in the Juddmonte International and provide some free ante-post betting tips for the race.
Al Kazeem (10/11 with Coral) has been a revelation this season landing three Group 1’s. He proved too strong for Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and wore down the game Mukhadram at Royal Ascot to win cosily, before repeating the trick in the Eclipse last time out. He is fully deserving of his place at the head of the market and although he has several new rivals to deal with he is the one to beat.
Toronado (5/2 with Bet Victor) is far from certain to run and thus is a risky betting proposition as this stage. If he were to turn up then I would fancy him to give Al Kazeem plenty to think about. He won his first Group 1 last time out in the Sussex Stakes sweeping past Dawn Approach late on and would appreciate the extra 2 furlongs. He is progressive and his turn of foot could catch out Al Kazeem, who has taken a while to reach top gear at times in his races.
A further trio of leading three year olds hold entries, with both English and Irish Derby winners possible runners. Trading Leather (11/2 with Coral) ran well when second to Novellist in the King George last time out and although perhaps more suited to 12f he looks sure to run another good race. Ruler Of The World (8/1 with Bet Victor) flopped in the Irish Derby on his last start but has been freshened up since then and is likely to leave that run behind if turning up. The form of the Derby is questionable in this company but he is lightly raced and should not be ruled out completely, for all he is another who may appreciate a greater test of stamina. Those comments certainly apply to Royal Ascot winner Hillstar (10/1 with Coral) who ran a close third behind Trading Leather last time out. He has looked better the further he has gone and whether he quite has the speed for this trip remains to be seen.
It is very difficult to say with any confidence which of the Ballydoyle runners will turn up with three four horses entered up at the moment. At the prices the somewhat forgotten about CAMELOT (16/1 with Bet Victor) offers some value, with this named as one of two possible targets by his trainer. He has failed to live up to the big reputation he carried with him as a three year old but he has ran respectably behind Al Kazeem twice this season in Group 1 company. There is every chance he has taken his time to get over the colic surgery he had in the summer and although he has not matched the hype around him, he is still a very good horse.
Available at 16/1 with Bet Victor, they currently are offering 3 places on the race and backing him ante-post ensures your bet is settled at the terms offered at the time the bet is placed. Whichever horse you fancy, it is worth taking advantage of these place terms as it is likely there will be less than 8 runners on the day, meaning only 2 places on each-way bets.
CAMELOT @ 16/1 with Bet Victor
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