Double-Derby winner Australia was a brilliant victor of the Juddmonte International at York this afternoon.
Produced superbly by Joseph O'Brien at the furlong pole, Australia sprinted away from the French Derby hero The Grey Gatsby with Telescope third and the Eclipse Stakes winner, Mukhadram, in fourth.
It was well worth Joseph sweating down to 8st 12lbs to ride this horse as he won a third Group One of the season, and over half a million pounds sterling, in super style.
Surely now Australia will head to Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes on September 13th, where his presence will give a great boost to the first-ever Irish Champions Weekend.
Even before he had won a race this season, trainer Aidan O'Brien called this horse 'the best we've ever had at Ballydoyle'. Maybe now people will start believing him.