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Juddmonte International joins million club

13 Feb 2017

Three Champions Series races have seen prize money increase today

Postponed wins the Juddmonte at York

Postponed stretches clear to land the 2016 Juddmonte International, but will he be back for an even bigger pot this year? Picture:

A sixth QIPCO British Champions Series race will be worth seven figures this year after it was announced today that the Juddmonte International at York will carry an increased total prize fund of £1million.

Prize-money for a Group one contest, that has been won by stars such as Sea The Stars (2009) and Frankel (2012) recently, has risen by £100,000 and it will become the richest race ever run on the Knavesmire on August 23.

Postponed won last year’s renewal and is likely to seek a repeat triumph for trainer Roger Varian.

The Darley Yorkshire Oaks – won last year by Aidan O’Brien‘s Seventh Heaven – and the Coolmore Nunthorpe – won most recently by Michael Dods’ superstar Mecca’s Angel – which are also part of the Champions Series and run at York’s Ebor Festival, will both see increases to reach their richest ever renewals at £350,000 each.

York Racecourse Chairman Lord Grimthorpe 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 (Abdullah) for a race that I know he cherishes.”

The other Champions Series worth at least £1million are the Investec Derby, QIPCO King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Qatar Sussex Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and QIPCO Champion Stakes.