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St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Colts)

  • Prize money: £340260
  • 0m 7f 213y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
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St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Colts)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.20
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 51-111 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Patently well treated off 97 in notable handicap at Naas (7f, heavy) on seasonal debut, then followed up in Listed grade; took another step up the ladder in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh (1m, good) where he was driven out for 2l success and took his overall form figures to 51111; fast-improving colt who should continue to do well; trainer has won this race eight times; strongly respected.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

9

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Paddington

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Ballydoyle colt whose impressive sequence of wins included the Irish 1,000 Guineas, St James's Palace, Eclipse and Sussex; combination of faster ground (good to firm) and the effects of a very busy campaign can excuse his defeat in the International at York when last seen (unable to complete an eight-timer but still ran creditably on the figures); acts on heavy; comes back fresh following a deserved two-month break and remains worthy of great respect; top on ratings.

2/1

3rd

3

(2)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 1

15:35 York

Paddington

9st 1lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

raced in second

8/13

1st

6

(4)

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Paddington

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

made virtually all, took keen hold, joined over 3f out, pushed along and led narrowly against near rail over 1f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong, went clear towards finish

4/9

OUR TIP

2/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 111-U1 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Unseated rider at the start, having been bumped, in the Greenham on seasonal debut; very progressive in his completed races and was one of the leading 2yos last year, culminating in Dewhurst win (on good going; held on from strong-finishing Royal Scotsman); successful in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket (on soft ground) most recently, sticking on well having raced prominently as usual; goes about his business in a straightforward and genuine manner; leading player.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

5

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Chaldean

9st 3lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Andrew Balding

Front-runner/races prominently; acts on soft; flopped in the Prix Jean Prat when last seen, when the race possibly came too soon after his second to Paddington at Royal Ascot; progressive otherwise and may bounce back but he won a substandard edition of the 2,000 Guineas, with the form having largely worked out disappointingly.

10/1

2nd

1

(1)

20th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Chaldean

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Andrew Balding

led, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

2/1

1st

2

(3)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:40 Newmarket

Chaldean

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Andrew Balding

Races prominently and can make the running; can battle too, as he showed when taking care of Indestructible in the Acomb at York and the Champagne on soft ground at Doncaster, before holding on by a head from Royal Scotsman in the Group 1 Dewhurst here on good (unraced on firmer); mishap leaving the stalls at Newbury two weeks ago prevented any assessment of his progress from two to three, but he was one of the top 2yos and may well stay 1m.

13/2

3rd
2 (7)
Charyn

50/1

  • Place: £5.45

Form: 31-284

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Group 2 scorer as a 2yo; has finished second in the Greenham, eighth in the 2,000 Guineas and fourth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas this season; useful colt but those three defeats give him something to find with several of today's rivals and also expose his limitations to some extent.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

(6)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Doncaster

Charyn

9st 2lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Roger Varian

Won a soft-ground Group 2 in France as a juvenile and even better form in defeat last year, reaching the frame three times over 1m at Group 1 level; behind the reopposing Knight when only a respectable third in Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood (soft) on final start; should go well for a yard seeking a fourth win in this since 2016.

11/4

3rd

4

(8)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Goodwood

Charyn

9st 0lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

Won French 2yo Group 2 (6f, soft) last October; has bumped into Paddington in three Group 1s this season, racing freely and finding no extra when third of five in the Sussex over C&D on latest; meets nothing of that calibre here and should give a good account of himself.

3/1

3rd

5

(1)

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Charyn

9st 3lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

took keen hold, raced in second early, raced in third halfway, bumped 2f out, pressed leaders on outer over 1f out, no extra final furlong

33/1

Form: 117-12

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Failed to beat a rival in last year's Dewhurst; solid record otherwise and bounced right back in the Greenham at Newbury (7f, soft; scored comfortably) on reappearance, then ran well in the French Guineas at Longchamp (1m, very soft; close second); Group 2 winner on fast ground last July; brings Classic form and the possibility of further improvement, so he's a must for the shortlist.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

10

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:00 York

Isaac Shelby

9st 3lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Brian Meehan

Likeable 3yo who met trouble when fourth to Paddington in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m, good) and posted a personal best when running Kinross to a neck in the Lennox at Goodwood (7f, good to soft) next time; looks the pick of the younger brigade and likely to have a say.

13/2

2nd

8

(5)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:00 Goodwood

Isaac Shelby

8st 13lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Brian Meehan

Smart colt whose 7f form includes wins in the 2022 Superlative (good to firm) and this year's Greenham (soft); solid efforts over 1m at Group 1 level the last twice, finishing second in the French Guineas then fourth in the St James's Palace Stakes; respected back down in trip/grade.

3/1

4th

6

(3)

20th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Isaac Shelby

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Brian Meehan

in touch with leaders

8/1

40/1

Form: 122-10 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Creditable second behind Chaldean in a couple of major 2yo races when trained by Michael O'Callaghan, then went one better in the Craven at Newmarket on debut for Karl Burke; form dipped (finished only tenth) in the 2,000 Guineas and that effort leaves a dent on his profile.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

7

(6)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:00 Goodwood

Indestructible

8st 13lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: K R Burke

Versatile ground-wise; campaigned in Group 1 races since his Craven win, most recently fourth in the Prix Jean Prat dropped back to 7f with cheekpieces applied; has a progressive record when racing below the top level and looks interesting back down in grade.

12/1

5th

5

(9)

20th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Indestructible

9st 2lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: K R Burke

took keen hold, prominent

40/1

10th

9

(9)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:40 Newmarket

Indestructible

9st 2lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: K R Burke

With Michael O'Callaghan as 2yo but raced mostly in Britain, winning a Windsor novice (good to firm) before runner-up to Chaldean in two 7f Group races; had wind surgery before debut for new yard in the Craven over C&D (good) 16 days ago, failing to settle but soon front rank and keeping on well to win; that was improved form but today's rivals demand so much more.

25/1

Form: 1-51 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Perhaps needed his reappearance run in the Craven; that defeat is flanked by impressive novice performances, latest at York (1m, good to firm; made all) where he showed a bright turn of foot to quicken clear inside the final 2f and record a very useful RPR; has style and substance (form stacks up nicely); very interesting back up in class, with further progress on the cards.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

(3)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Mostabshir

9st 7lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: John & Thady Gosden

Impressive over 1m on two occasions at novice level, including here; mixed results, including in Group races, since last win but gives the impression this return to 7f is worth exploring; blinkers reapplied (second attempt); may yet fulfil his early promise.

100/30

5th

1

(1)

4th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Mostabshir

9st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: John & Thady Gosden

in touch with leaders, outpaced over 1f out, no chance with winner but kept on inside final furlong, lost fourth post

7/2

7th

8

(1)

19th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Mostabshir

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: John & Thady Gosden

Twice impressive at novice level, particularly at York in May; hasn't kicked on from that in Group 1 and Listed races the next twice and improvement is required here, but he remains lightly raced for his top stable and perhaps the first-time blinkers will give him a boost; unraced on slow ground.

13/2

Form: 1-11 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Highly promising colt who is unbeaten in three races, latest at Goodwood (1m, good to soft) where he quickened smartly to win a conditions stakes in impressive fashion and gave the firm impression he's a top-level performer in the making; other outings came on soft/AW; pedigree suggests he'll be effective on good/faster; exciting contender, given the potential he brings.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

3

(2)

20th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Ciceros Gift

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

midfield

5/1

1st

3

(1)

5th May 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:45 Goodwood

Ciceros Gift

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

in touch with leaders, switched left and pushed along over 1f out, soon led and quickened clear, ran on well final furlong, impressive

3/1

1st

1

(3)

30th Mar 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 3

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ciceros Gift

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

took keen hold, prominent

2/1

Form: 152-39 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Good third in the Coventry on this card last year and almost collared Chaldean in the Dewhurst having finished strongly; did well to finish third in the 2,000 Guineas on reappearance having failed to settle, received an early bump and mostly raced away from the first two (fared best of the high-drawn runners); disappointing favourite in the Irish version since but has clear possibilities if bouncing back.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

9

(4)

20th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Royal Scotsman

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

held up in rear

10/1

9th

11

(7)

27th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

15:40 Curragh

Royal Scotsman

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Kept up a high level of form last year, winning the Richmond Stakes and getting within a head of Chaldean in the Dewhurst; was too keen in the 2,000 Guineas on his reappearance yet did not really get going until inside the last when a closing third between Hi Royal and Galeron; decent chance of getting his head in front here with that under his belt.

5/2

3rd

12

(11)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:40 Newmarket

Royal Scotsman

9st 2lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

6f Goodwood wins on good to soft and good to firm, latter the Group 2 Richmond in July; form dipped in the Gimcrack but he saved his best for last as a 2yo when coming from off the pace in Group 1 Dewhurst here (7f, good) and getting to Chaldean all the time but beaten a head; on that evidence he does not have that much to find on form and is well worth a go at 1m.

9/1

33/1

Form: 41-345

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Bagged the Goffs Million at the Curragh last September; ran well in the 2,000 Guineas (150-1 fourth) and Irish 2,000 Guineas (16-1 fifth) last month, keeping on from rear both times; however, he looks just below the top tier and is well down the pecking order in this field.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

6

(4)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Goodwood

Galeron

9st 0lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Charles Hills

Ran in the Guineas, the Irish Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes in May/June, finishing last of nine in last-named; fared a bit better when third of seven to Epictetus in C&D Group 3 three weeks ago but he'll need blinkers to have a positive effect if he's to turn the tables on that rival.

14/1

3rd

4

(3)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Goodwood

Galeron

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Charles Hills

Finished last in the St James's Palace Stakes, failing to back up his English/Irish Guineas efforts; drops back in class but looks the most exposed contender and may be a tad flattered by his Classic form.

16/1

9th

4

(5)

20th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Galeron

9st 2lb

J: James McDonald

T: Charles Hills

in touch with leaders

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £72.00
Straight Forecast £57.80
Tricast £786.70
Trifecta £1024.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Paddington

RP RATINGS:

Chaldean

TOPSPEED:

Isaac Shelby

NEWMARKET:

Mostabshir

LAMBOURN:

Royal Scotsman

D Express:

Mostabshir

POSTDATA:

Paddington

The Times:

Paddington

Daily Mirror:

Paddington

Daily Record:

Paddington

Telegraph:

Chaldean

The Sun:

Chaldean

The Star:

Chaldean

The Guardian:

Isaac Shelby

Daily Mail:

Isaac Shelby