Trainer John Gosden has described Mishriff as the “finished article” following his victory in the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes on the opening day of York’s Ebor Festival, while also outlining his future plans for the colt.
Wednesday’s feature race on the Knavesmire marked a return to form for Mishriff, who had failed to deliver by his own high standards on his previous two starts. He followed up a third-place finish in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown by coming second in last month’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
There were no such issues this around, though, as the impressive four-year-old eased past the pacesetting Mac Swiney with three furlongs to go before romping to a six-length success over nearest rival Alenquer, while Love came in third.
It was certainly an eye-catching display from Mishriff under the stewardship of jockey David Egan and Gosden was quick to heap praise on the colt after the race.
“At a mile and a quarter he’s a brilliant horse,” Gosden was quoted as saying by the Racing Post. “He’s done nothing wrong and has now come to his very best. I think we’ve seen the finished article.”
Gosden went on to confirm that Mishriff (8/1 to win the Arc) is likely to run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp on October 3, while he also has one eye on Champions Day at Ascot and slightly further afield, the Breeders’ Cup.
When asked what’s next, the handler said: “I would be inclined to look towards the Arc and Champions Day, and I would not be ruling out the Breeders’ Cup either.”
The other big winner on the opening day of the Ebor Festival was Yibir, who claimed victory in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes despite being considered the second-string option in the race for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby.
There was also a notable win for Mark Johnston’s Royal Patronage in the Group Three Acomb Stakes.
Day two of the festival will take place on Thursday and will be headlined by the Group One Yorkshire Oaks, where Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall (2/5 to win race) and David Menuisier’s Wonderful Tonight (9/2) are expected to do battle.