2019 St James’s Palace Stakes Tips & Betting Preview
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St James’s Palace Stakes Trends
- 9/1 has been the biggest winning SP in the last seventeen years
- Fourteen of the last seventeen winners were previous winners over this trip
- Already a Group 1 win was on the resume of twelve of the last seventeen winners
- Ten of the last seventeen victors had won their previous start
- The Irish 2000 Guineas was the last race for nine of the last seventeen winners, seven of those doing the double.
The round mile in use here at Royal Ascot, a contest that has gone the way of Aidan O’Brien seven times in the last nineteen years. 2000 Guineas form on trial, as the classic generation get their chance to make their mark. Read on for our antepost preview for the St James’s Palace Stakes
It was a visually striking win from Phoenix Of Spain in the Irish 2000 Guineas, conceding race fitness to his main rivals, he made every yard of the running to end up an impressive winner. That was a serious improvement on his juvenile form, behind a number who were re-opposing him there as a two-year-old. He appears to have filled out his large frame well over the winter, with every chance of more to come. He got a bit of a soft lead there but the plan wasn’t to make the running so he isn’t a do or die front-runner which makes him a little easier to place. A repeat of that run would make him very hard to beat.
Magna Grecia was the 2000 Guineas scorer at Newmarket, following up his Vertem Futurity Trophy triumph when in front of Phoenix Of Spain. He was in the right place at Newmarket, in a small group of three nearside who filled both first and second. The runner-up was the lowest rated in the field so it was always a contest that would be severely tested as a form guide. His run at the Curragh was surely too bad to be true despite the doubt about the Newmarket form. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he became more competitive.
Having looked a potential star as a juvenile, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Too Darn Hot so far in 2019. He has been far from disgraced, however, runner-up in both the Dante and the Irish 2000 Guineas. He has not had the ideal preparation ahead of his season so it would be churlish to write him off as not good enough quite yet but he does have to put things back together if he is to get back to his two-year-old peak. Big player if he were able to do so.
A fascinating contender is the John Gosden trained King Of Comedy. Brought along slowly so far, he has taken a similar route to Without Parole who won this race for the yard in 2018. The winner of a Yarmouth novice in April and then a Listed success worked perfectly despite the big step up in class last year, the same path taken by King Of Comedy. He looks far from straightforward, an ungainly head carriage with his fair share of temperament but an RPR of 113 on winning at Sandown last time is higher than Without Parole brought to the table.
A possible French raider for the prize is Shaman, runner-up in the French 2000 Guineas when last seen. He had a wide draw in eleven on that occasion, a little keen trapped wide without much cover. A Group 2 winner over a furlong further than this the time before, he will have no issues with this stiff track at a mile, having the potential to improve for a contest run at a proper gallop. 25/1 at time of writing looks on the high side for a horse with rock-solid Group 1 form in the book.