St James’s Palace Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.20 at Ascot, 20th June 2017
The third of three Group 1 contests on a sparkling opening day at the Royal Ascot festival is the St James’s Palace Stakes. We have the best odds, offers and betting tips all covered here.
Held at Ascot since back in 1834, this one mile Group 1 contest for the three year old colts is one of the most prestigious races of the season, offering a total of £400,000 in prize money.
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St James’s Palace Stakes Betting Tips and Preview
The St James’s Palace Stakes is a one miler which is often used by trainers to get their best three-year-olds ready for their later careers. You’ll often find horses who rain in the 2,000 Guineas entered in the field and that’s certainly the case this year.
According to the betting, we’re in line for the same two way fight for dominance between Churchill and Barney Roy at Royal Ascot as we got last month at Newmarket.
If you believe the market then we’re going to see Churchill get the better of his rival once again.
Aidan O’Brien’s horse followed up his 2,000 Guineas win with a repeat at the Irish 2,000 Guineas to firmly stamp his authority over his three-year-old rivals and he should be able to do so once again.
O’Brien will be focusing on making sure Churchill will be competitive against older horses in the near future and that step up should look a little easier by winning at 4/6 with RaceBets.
The one main concern for Churchill’s connections is Barney Roy’s potential for improvement. His appearance at the 2,000 Guineas was just his third in total and that inexperience looked to work against him.
With more time to work with trainer, Richard Hannon, and more experience of big crowds there’s a chance he’ll get closer still to Churchill. At a best price of 9/4 with Bet365, Barney Roy is set to be a major player once more and it would be a major surprise if he failed to even place.
- 2016 – Galileo Gold – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Hugo Palmer
- 2015 – Gleneagles – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2014 – Kingman – jockey James Doyle, trainer John Gosden
- 2013 – Dawn Approach – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
- 2012 – Most Improved – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Brian Meehan
- 2011 – Frankel – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Sir Henry Cecil
- 2010 – Canford Cliffs – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2009 – Mastercraftsman – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2008 – Henrythenavigator – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2007 – Excellent Art – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2006 – Araafa – jockey Alan Munro, trainer Jeremy Noseda
St James’s Palace Stakes History
Regal sounding race titles unsurprisingly provide a common thread throughout the five days of the Royal meeting at Ascot. This one lends its name from a residence in London which is used by members of the Royal family to this day.
Plenipotentiary didn’t have to do much to take the £850 prize on offer for the inaugural running back in 1834 as no one turned up to take that years Derby winner on. Both the prize money and challenge have increased considerably since, with the race now worth £400,000 and invariably being hotly contested by the best three year old milers in training.
Whilst this has always been a big race, it has not always been won by a big horse. The modern definition of a pony is a horse measuring less than 14.2 hands. That makes diminutive Daniel O’Rourke a horse, but only just as he measured exactly 14.2 hands. A testament to the old adage that good things do sometimes come in small packages, Daniel O’Rourke conquered his more substantial foes not just here, but also in the Derby of 1852, despite often being mistaken for a pony.
Moving into the 20th century and we begin to see the names of a number of racing legends appear on the roll of honour. Sceptre is the only horse ever to win four English classics and took this in 1902. Tudor Minstrel and Brigadier Gerard meanwhile are rarely out of the top five in lists of the all-time greatest horses and won this in 1947 and 1971 respectively.
Since the race was granted Group 1 status in 1988 the stream of top notch winners has continued unabated. With the teak tough Giant’s Causeway, world record setting Rock Of Gibraltar and classic winners Henrythenavigator, Dawn Approach and Gleneagles all tasting success here. However the greatest winner in the races’ history was still to come.
The 2011 winner here came from the opposite end of the thoroughbred scale to the pint sized Daniel O’Rourke. Mighty in both stature and performance, Sir Henry Cecil’s Frankel is officially the highest rated racehorse of all time and counts a win here amongst his 14 career triumphs.
Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien didn’t get his name on the scoresheet here until the year 2000, but by 2009 had won the race six times in a remarkable period of domination. With Gleneagles adding to that haul in 2015, O’Brien stands alone at the top of the trainers list on seven wins.
Michael Kinane partnered a number of top class performers in the twilight of his career including Giant’s Causeway, Rock Of Gibraltar and Azamour, who all won here, helping Kinane to a record total of six wins in the race.