Connections of Judicial have confirmed that their charge will head straight for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York after missing several races in the last few weeks.
The sprinter has impressed so far this season and has been able to kick on since finishing second in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket back in May. He then powered home in a conditions race at Beverley and the Group Three Coral Charge at Sandown.
Connections ruled him out of the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh and at Chester on Sunday but the Julie Camacho-trained bay gelding is ready for a run at York during the Ebor Festival.
Dan Downie, racing manager for owners the Elite Racing Club, said: “Judicial is in good form and everyone is very happy with him.
“He hasn’t had a setback as such. His bloods just weren’t 100 per cent and we didn’t think it was sensible to take him to Ireland. “He could have run at Chester, but we decided to miss that and go straight for the Nunthorpe, as he does tend to run well fresh.”
Judicial is 15.00 to win the race on the Knavesmire but Charlie Hills’ Battaash remains the odds-on favourite with most bookmakers. He is 1.80 to get the job done and Dowie insists Judicial is in the form of his life as he tries to pull off a surprise win.
“Battaash is obviously going to be very hard to beat, but we feel our horse is going there in the form of his life,” he added. “Take Cover and Muthmir finished second and third at Gooodwood and Judicial beat Take Cover at Beverley and Muthmir at Sandown, so he thoroughly deserves his place in the field.”