Rounding into the top form that saw him compete with Sea the Stars last year over the same trip of 10 furlongs, Rip Van Winkle was produced late today to win the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York from Juddmonte’s pair of Twice Over and Byword. The latter had defeated Twice Over by a half-length in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot over the same trip and before that had failed by a half-length to Goldikova in the Group 1 Ispahan at Longchamp over an extended nine furlongs. Meanwhile, Rip Van Winkle last out was just run down by Canford Cliffs in the Group 1 Sussex at Goodwood over a mile. The 3-year-old miler Dick Turpin, ridden to conserve stamina, didn’t stay the trip and will return to a mile. The form book held well, and all indications are that not much separates Canford Cliffs from Goldikova and her recent conqueror Makfi at a mile, and likewise not much is there between Rip Van Winkle and the Juddmonte duo of Twice Over and Byword over the Juddmonte trip.
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