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Rip Van Winkle wins the Juddmonte International Stakes at York

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YORK, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Rip Van Winkle (left) ridden by Johnny Murtagh wins the Juddmonte International Stakes during the Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York Race Track on August 17, 2010 in York, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
YORK, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Rip Van Winkle (left) ridden by Johnny Murtagh wins the Juddmonte International Stakes during the Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York Race Track on August 17, 2010 in York, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

A three-horse drive to the wire in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes between Rip Van Winkle, Twice Over, and Byword, saw the favorite prevail by a long head.  

Twice Over and Byword engaged in a stretch duel quite early in the final furlongs and I think if either jockey could run the race over again they might have elected to wait a bit longer before asking their mount to go all out.  With those two at running neck-and-neck in the early part of the stretch, Rip Van Winkle commenced a long, grinding run along the rail and got up to pass the two leaders inside the final furlong.  

Result (Chart):

1st: Rip Van Winkle
2nd: Twice Over
3rd: Byword