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St James's Palace Stakes

16:20 Royal Ascot

2022-06-14

Winner: £283550

Runners: 11

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 0m7f213yy

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The St James's Palace Stakes is a Group 1 contest run over a mile. It takes place at 16:20 on Tuesday 20th June, which is the first day of Royal Ascot 2023. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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4(10)
1274-5
silk
Berkshire Shadow

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J: James Doyle
T: Andrew Balding
3
9-2
111
123
Won the Coventry on this card 12 months ago, then subsequent 2yo form included good efforts in the Vintage Stakes and the Dewhurst; ran well (fifth of 15) in the 2,000 Guineas on reappearance but was 5l behind Coroebus; needs improvement if he's to gain further Royal Ascot honours.
2(11)
2111-3
silk
Angel Bleu

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J: Rob Hornby
T: Ralph Beckett
3
9-2
115
126
Third in the Greenham at Newbury two months ago, doing enough to think he's trained on following a busy and productive 2yo campaign; 4-4 on ground softer than good, including two Group 1 wins (7f/1m) in France last October; just 1-5 on good/firmer and could have done with rain.
8(4)
114-26
silk
Lusail

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J: Pat Dobbs
T: Richard Hannon
3
9-2
113
124
Smart colt who won the July Stakes and Gimcrack last season, then finished second in the Greenham on reappearance; speedily bred but ran creditably upped to 1m in the 2,000 Guineas, keeping on for sixth place, and that form can be marked up (met trouble); could go well again.
13(3)
124
silk
Wexford Native

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J: Kevin Manning
T: J S Bolger
3
9-2
110
123
Made a winning debut in March, runner-up in Listed grade next time, then finished fourth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas; has progressive RPRs but he's not in the same league as Jim Bolger's two winners of this event, namely Dawn Approach (2013) and Poetic Flare (2021).
3(5)
2133-0
silk
Bayside Boy

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J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
3
9-2
112
126
Solid 2yo campaign included a success in the Champagne Stakes and placed efforts in the Dewhurst and Futurity; form dipped in French 2,000 Guineas last month, albeit a wide trip didn't help; very useful colt but, unlike some of these rivals, has possibly already reached his peak rating.
6(2)
121-1
silk
Coroebus

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-2
121
135
Hugely progressive in four races over 1m on good/firmer at Newmarket and should be unbeaten as he was unfortunate not to win the Royal Lodge on second occasion (collared late on having kicked too soon); enhanced his growing reputation in the 2,000 Guineas on reappearance, making good headway to lead over 1f out then driven out to beat stablemate Native Trail who is unbeaten otherwise and has since won the Irish equivalent; leading claims.
1(1)
2144-
silk
Aikhal

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
3
9-2
109
120
Ballydoyle colt who scored narrowly at Listowel on second 2yo start, then finished fourth in Group 3 at Newmarket (behind Coroebus) and Group 1 at Saint-Cloud (behind Angel Bleu); well down this pack on ratings but could easily rate higher in 2022; reappearance run for this son of Galileo.
NR(9)
11-9
silk
Light Infantry

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T: David Simcock
3
9-2
107
121
Impressive at Yarmouth (good) on 2yo debut then followed up in the Horris Hill at Newbury (soft); only ninth of 15 in the 2,000 Guineas but was by no means discredited on the figures and shaped promisingly in making late headway down the outside flank; remains capable of better still.
12(6)
18-332
silk
New Energy

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J: Robbie Colgan
T: Ms Sheila Lavery
3
9-2
113
126
Outran his 40-1 odds in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh (good to yielding) last time, finishing second to odds-on Native Trail who was the silver medallist behind Coroebus in the English version three weeks earlier; has place possibilities if he backs up that apparent improvement.
NR(13)
1-10
silk
Checkandchallenge

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T: William Knight
3
9-2
108
122
Listed winner at Newcastle on Good Friday, taking record to 2-2 (both AW wins); beat only one rival in the 2,000 Guineas later in April, however, suggesting he's nowhere near Group 1 standard and/or isn't going to be as effective on turf; enough to prove.
10(12)
1-512
silk
Mighty Ulysses

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
9-2
110
126
Outstayed over 1m2f on reappearance then showed useful form dropped back to 1m last month, readily winning at Newmarket then close second in notable handicap at Haydock where in hindsight he hit the front a bit too soon; raced only on good ground; open to further improvement.
11(7)
3-11
silk
My Prospero

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
3
9-2
114
129
Fast-improving colt who showed smart form in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown (1m, good to firm) last month, beating Solario winner Reach For The Moon (pair clear) and following up his Newbury reappearance success; has raced only three times and should have plenty more to offer; respected.
9(8)
111
silk
Maljoom

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J: Cieren Fallon
T: William Haggas
3
9-2
113
126
Similar type to stablemate My Prospero, as a thrice-raced colt who is progressing well; overcame a tardy start in the German 2,000 Guineas at Cologne (1m, good) most recently, leading in the final half-furlong and maintaining his unbeaten record; developing fast, having made debut only in March; attractive profile.

Verdict

Coroebus is respected but the William Haggas-trained colts MY PROSPERO and Maljoom are interesting alternatives at bigger odds.

Past 10 Winners

Year Horse [Draw] Age Weight SP Trainer Jockey
2021 Poetic Flair [7] 3 9-0 7/2F J S Bolger Kevin Manning
2020 Palace Pier [6] 3 9-0 4/1 John Gosden Frankie Dettori
2019 Circus Maximus [1] 3 9-0 10/1 A P O’Brien Ryan Moore
2018 Without Parole [2] 3 9-0 9/4F John Gosden Frankie Dettori
2017 Barney Roy [4] 3 9-0 5/2 Richard Hannon James Doyle
2016 Galileo Gold [7] 3 9-0 6/1 Hugo Palmer Frankie Dettori
2015 Gleneagles [5] 3 9-0 8/15F A P O’Brien Ryan Moore
2014 Kingman [7] 3 9-0 8/11F John Gosden James Doyle
2013 Dawn Approach [5] 3 9-0 5/4F J S Bolger Kevin Manning
2012 Most Improved [15] 3 9-0 9/1 Brian Meehan Kieren Fallon

Key race stats

  • Rated within 7lb of RPR top rated, 8/10 (five were top-rated)
  • From the first three in the market, 8/10
  • Had won or placed in a Group 1, 7/10
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 130, 7/10
  • Had finished in the first three in a 2,000 Guineas, 6/10
Other factors
  • Winners who had run in a Guineas finished 121121 at Newmarket and 1122 at the Curragh. Last year’s winner Poetic Flare also ran in the French Guineas (sixth) – the first since Excellent Art in 2007 (fourth).
  • Four winners had run in the British and Irish Guineas, with all making the frame in both.
  • Without Parole in 2018 and Palace Pier in 2020 (both trained by John Gosden) are the only two winners not to have run in a Group 1 that season since Shavian in 1990.
  • Aidan O’Brien has won eight of the last 22 runnings.

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