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2017 St James’s Palace Stakes: Race History and Market

2017 St James’s Palace Stakes overview including Race History and Market for the Group 1 feature at Royal Ascot on Tuesday featuring the three year olds like Churchill and Barney Roy.

2017 St James’s Palace Stakes: Race History and Market

The 2017 St James’s Palace Stakes run at Royal Ascot on Tuesday is a race which is Ascot’s Guineas.

Churchill winning the 2000 Guineas
Churchill winning the 2000 Guineas Picture:Pat Healy Photography

Churchill Horseform looks to continue his fabulous form making it five Group Ones in a row and is the $1.57 favourite in the 2017 St James’s Palace Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.


2017 ST JAMES’S PALACE STAKES – MARKET

Market courtesy of Sportsbet

$1.57: Churchill Horseform

$3: Barney Roy Horseform

$15: Thunder Snow Horseform

$21: Lancaster Bomber Horseform

$23: Rivet Horseform

*All others quoted at $41 or greater in full market.

2017 ST JAMES’S PALACE STAKES - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

Named after the Tudor Royal residence, the inaugural running of the St James Palace Stakes in 1834 gave little indication of the high-quality fields that the race would later produce - while it attracted a Derby winner in Plenipotentiary, the colt was the only runner and consequently was allowed a walkover.

There was great anticipation in the lead up to the 2011 edition with the extraordinary Frankel coming off the back of one of the greatest 2000 Guineas performances ever and maybe in all racing in general.

This time, instead of leading by over ten lengths himself mid-stages, he had a lead out but it nearly brought him unstuck as he produced perhaps the most inconclusive result of his career to date. Zoffany and Excelebration got close to him but they failed and despite some criticism of the ride, Tom Queally retained the mount and is still undefeated on him into his four year old season.

For 2012, it had to be a downgrade on the previous year just because of the name involved. But added to that was this field of 3yos were very even.

With Most Improved having run big odds in the French Derby and finishing 14th there, the fact he ran only 9-1 was a fair reflection. He took up a good spot behind the speed, then ranged up outside the leader to hit the front a long way out. Looking a sitting shot, he boxed on well to fight them off by just under a length.

A year on and we got a cracking renewal. It was built up so well in the lead up with Toronado and Magician looking to be the two main hopes but then out of the blue (so to speak), brilliant 2000 Guineas winner and Epsom Derby flop Dawn Approach was entered.

He was still doing many things wrong in his races and tracked up Magician in the run. Just as he pulled out to made the go for home, the inside horses veered out and he bumped into Toronado who was surging. They came away and the Richard Hannon horse got in front but the Godolphin runner fought back to win by a nose.

Frankel had just fallen in to win this race but there were no such problems for his ownership-mate Kingman in 2014. He reversed the 2000 Guineas result on Night Of Thunder with an emphatic victory.

2015 was another win for Ballydoyle. Gleneagles had won the two Guineas before this and he got the job done again in a very small field without being overly impressive.

Last year we saw the 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold rebound after losing the replica race at The Curragh. Dettori rode him to perfection and in hindsight started amazing odds.

PROFILING THE RACE OVER RECENT YEARS

o A Group One since 1988, it is run from down near Swinley Bottom.

o Not always for those who’ve won the 2000 Guineas.

o Aidan O’Brien had two bursts of three consecutive wins but hadn’t won for 5 years before Gleneagles.

o Mick Kinane has a total of six wins himself in the race.

o Most Improved at 9-1 was the longest priced winner in a while.

o Winner’s Lead Up Races - Irish 2000 Guineas (6), Epsom Derby (1), English 2000 Guineas (1), Prix du Jockey Club (1), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1)

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R4 GB - ASCOT 20 June 2017
St James's Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Rnd) 3 C1, 1602m
FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. BARNEY ROY (GB)
3yo Colt
RICHARD HANNON JR
J DOYLE
57.0
$3.50
 
EXCELEBRATION (IRE) - ALINA (IRE)
GODOLPHIN
2nd  
4. LANCASTER BOMBER (USA)
3yo Colt
A P O'BRIEN
DONNACHA O'BRIEN
57.0
$13.00
 
WAR FRONT (USA) - SUN SHOWER (IRE)
MR M TABOR, D SMITH & MRS JOHN MAGNI
3rd  
8. THUNDER SNOW (IRE)
3yo Colt
SAEED BIN SUROOR
C SOUMILLON
57.0
$7.00
 
HELMET (AUS) - EASTERN JOY (GB)
 GODOLPHIN
4th  2. CHURCHILL (IRE)
3yo Colt
A P O'BRIEN
RYAN MOORE
57.0
$1.50
5th  3. FOREST RANGER (IRE)
3yo Colt
R A FAHEY
TONY HAMILTON
57.0
$34.00
6th  7. RIVET (IRE)
3yo Colt
W J HAGGAS
ANDREA ATZENI
57.0
$17.00
7th  5. MR SCARAMANGA (GB)
3yo Colt
S DOW
HARRY BENTLEY
57.0
$67.00
8th  6. PEACE ENVOY (FR)
3yo Colt
A P O'BRIEN
J A HEFFERNAN
57.0
$34.00

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