Juddmonte International Stakes: Ulysses and Barney Roy to meet again at York

Henrietta Strickland
August 24, 2017

Ulysses is no Trojan horse.

The International is a Breeders' Cup Challenge Win and You're In race, granting its victor a fees-paid berth in the BC Turf, including international travel expenses. He was third behind Highland Reel in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes and runner-up behind dual Oaks victor Enable in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, both at Ascot.

Ulysses carried 132 pounds, seven more than the trio of 3-year-olds who finished behind him in the worldwide.

While Barney Roy and the dual Guineas victor Churchill made the first play for home, Crowley sat in their slipstream until the 200m before pushing his mount two lengths ahead of the pair of three-year-olds.

O'Brien is also represented by Cliffs Of Moher, who was second in the Epsom Derby and did not have the best of runs when fourth in the Eclipse.

Jockey Jim Crowley got Ulysses settled just a handful of strides out of the gate in the 1 5/16-mile global, and Ulysses traveled smoothly and with extreme confidence the rest of the way.

The Richard Hannon-trained Barney Roy has not raced since the Eclipse and Ulysses will not be the only old foe he will be meeting.

"I'll probably leave him in the Ebor back here on Saturday".

After a winter break, Ulysses has made huge improvement, getting closer to Highland Reel in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and breaking his top-level duck when beating Barney Roy by a whisker in the Coral-Eclipse.

Sir Michael Stoute, who was winning the race for a record sixth time, confirmed that the remainder of Ulysses' season would be geared around a return to America for the Breeders' Cup.

The G1 Juddmonte International was a trifecta for the champion Galileo, he sired the victor, second place and is the dam sire of the third placegetter. The victor was home-bred by the Niarchos family's Flaxman Holdings. "He's a great horse to be riding".

Never again will horse or rider be under-estimated.

Ulysses drops back in trip after finishing second to Enable in the King George at Ascot last time and is to bag another Group One prize while Shutter Speed, a stablemate of Enable, is to win it for the sponsors.

Tim Easterby could step the colt up to 1600m for either the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket or the Prix Jean Luc Lagardere in France. Today he relaxed so nicely and he just lobbed round. "She handles a little bit of give in the ground, and give should help her come out of the race as good as she's coming in since she's going to lay her body down Friday".

Saeed Bin Suroor's Champion Stakes victor Farhh is making a good impression with his first crop of two-year-olds to hit the racecourse and Wells Farhh Go maintained his unbeaten record by picking off Dettori and James Garfield right on the line in the Group 3 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (1400m).

Lady Aurelia is the Nunthorpe antepost favorite, but Battash also has been well supported.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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