Boost for York as Kameko to skip France and take on Ghaiyyath in the international thriller Juddmonte at the Ebor Festival


ANDREW Balding’s Kameko will travel to York for the Juddmonte International after relations have decided not to travel to France for the Jacques le Marois Prize.

The winner of the QIPCO 2000 Guinéas will face instead Ghaiyyath on the Knavesmire on ten stages.


Kameko can be backed at 8-1 for York centerpiece next weekCredit: PA: Press Association

The news will be a welcome boost to officials in York after the news that Activate will rather go to Kempton for his preparation for the Arc, rather than the Juddmonte or Yorkshire Oaks.

After a job at Lambourn on Saturday morning, the Balding team decided to keep their star on their soil.

Balding it Sun race: “We were leaning towards France with him but now it looks like we’re going to York for the Juddmonte International on Wednesday.

“We had made the decision before the rerouting of Enable, but I guess that makes it even more appealing now.

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“We have him in great shape. It has to prove itself at a mile and a quarter, but we think the track will suit it better than Goodwood.

“The trip is obviously a small matter but given the way he finished his races, one would have to think that it will suit him.

“It’s a very strong race, we always knew it would be, but he’s a Classic winner and even though we were beaten at Goodwood he came out with credit under the circumstances.

Ghaiyyath remained the budget favorite with Betfair for the race at 6-5, with Kameko available at odds of 8-1.

Paris Juddmonte International (Betfair)

Ghaiyyath 6-5

Lord North 4-1

Magic 11-2

Japan 7-1

Mishriff 7-1

Kameko 8-1

Sottsass 10-1

During this exciting juvenile time Tactical is on his way to a Prix Morny Group 1 shot in France next weekend.

Balding added: “He has to do a big job on Wednesday and the plan is to take him to France for the Morny.

“We now have to get into Group 1, but he’s smart and we just checked him home from Newmarket.”


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