Juddmonte International worth £1m

This year's Group One Juddmonte International will have a prize fund of £1million, making it the richest-ever race run at York.

Postponed beats Highland Reel in the 2016 Juddmonte International

The 10-furlong contest, won in recent years by the likes of Frankel and Sea The Stars, is Britain's highest rated race according to the average three-year rating by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

Last season Europe's highest-rated older horse Postponed got the better of Highland Reel, winner of the King George and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf.

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The Juddmonte International is the day one highlight of York's Ebor Festival and two of the other feature races of the week, Thursday's Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Friday's Coolmore Nunthorpe, will both see prize-money increases this year making them worth £350,000.

Completing the feature race set in August is Saturday's Betfred Ebor, with Europe's richest flat handicap of 2016, increased again to £285,000.

Speaking about the injection of funds, 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 for a race that I know he cherishes."

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