Oisin Murphy on Roaring Lion victorious at Ebor Festival’s Juddmonte International Stakes

The first day of the Yorkshire Ebor Festival has been concluded. And we had a glimpse of perhaps one of the most thrilling races of the year – The Juddmonte International Stakes. With a packed line-up of top-notch horses, we were on the edge of our seats up until the end of the race.

At the start of the race, Benbatl hit the front two furlongs from home. However, Roaring Lion (3-1) quickly went clear under Oisin Murphy to give the jockey and trainer John Gosden their first Group One triumph in the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece.

Poet’s Word, the King George winner at Ascot last month and the 8-5 favourite, together with jockey James Doyle fought at the final stages of the race but settled for second place after finding short of room at a crucial stage in the straight.

On third place was Thundering Blue finishing strong. Making the decision of owner Clive Washbourn and trainer David Menuisier to supplement the 50-1 chance at a cost of £75,000 a good move. As a result they earned £114,000 for their efforts.

Now that the first stage of the Ebor Festival has been concluded, we turn our heads to the upcoming and equally exciting races – most especially Saturday’s main event the Sky Bet Ebor.