Arabian Queen defeats Golden Horn in the Juddmonte InternationalPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
boosted to £1 million
THE Juddmonte International, the jewel at the centre of York's prestigious Ebor meeting, will be worth £1 million for the first time this year.
York has also upped prize-money by £10,000 for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, with both now worth £350,000, while the Betfred Ebor is up £5,000 to £285,000.
Already rated the best race in Britain on international rankings, the Juddmonte International has been won by some of the biggest names in the sport with the like of Frankel, Sea The Stars, Australia and Postponed capturing the contest in recent seasons.
In boosting prize-money by £100,000, York is aiming to continue to attract the star names for the contest, which will be run on August 23 this year.
Teddy Grimthorpe, York chairman and racing manager for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, said: "Attracting the best horses to run in competitive races on the Knavesmire is what we are all about, so I am pleased that the unstinting support from long standing sponsors has allowed us to increase prize-money for our feature races again this year.
"The Juddmonte International will reach a notable landmark demonstrating the generous support of Prince Khalid for a race that I know he cherishes."
The Juddmonte International had also received a boost of £50,000 last year as part of a wider prize-money increase across the whole of the Ebor meeting. No race at the four-day fixture has prize-money of less than £60,000.
The richest or the best?
The Juddmonte International at York has had its prize-money boosted to make it one of the richest races in Britain. However, it comes nowhere near the top races in the world in terms of value.
When it comes to ratings, however, prize-money does not seem to matter with the Juddmonte International among the best races.
Britain's richest races
|1. Investec Derby||Epsom||£1,500,000|
|2. Qipco Champion Stakes||Ascot||£1,300,000|
|3. Qipco King George VI Stakes||Ascot||£1,150,000|
|=4. Juddmonte International||York||£1,000,000|
|=4. Randox Health Grand National||Aintree||£1,000,000|
|=4. Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes||Ascot||£1,000,000|
|=4. Qatar Sussex Stakes||Goodwood||£1,000,000|
World's richest races
|1. Pegasus World Cup||USA||£9,560,000|
|2. Dubai World Cup||UAE||£7,980,000|
|3. The Everest||Australia||£6,120,000|
|4. Breeders' Cup Classic||USA||
|=4. Dubai Turf||UAE||£4,790,000|
|=4. Dubai Sheema Classic||UAE||£4,790,000|
|7. Japan Cup||Japan||£4,550,000|
|=7. Arima Kinen||Japan||£4,550,000|
|9. Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe||France||£4,250,000|
|10. Melbourne Cup||Australia||£3,750,000|
World's best races (based on average of first four home from 2013-15)
|1. Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe||France||125.75||£4,250,000|
|2. Breeders' Cup Classic||USA||124.33||£4,790,000|
|3. Juddmonte International||Britain||122.67||£1,000,000|
|=4. Breeders' Cup Turf||USA||122.50||£3,200,000|
|=4. Irish Champion Stakes||Ireland||122.50||£1,061,000|
|6. Prince Of Wales's Stakes||Britain||122.25||£750,000|
|7. Japan Cup||Japan||121.25||£4,550,000|
|8. Prix Jacques Le Marois||France||121.00||£510,000|
|9. QEII Cup||Hong Kong||120.83||£2,600,000|
|10. Champion Stakes||Britain||120.75||£1,300,000|