Group 1

St James’s Palace Stakes

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Date | 14 Jun 2011
Course | Ascot
Age | 3yo
Distance | 8f
Going | Good
Place | 1st
Winning margin | ¾ length
1st Frankel
2nd Zoffany
3rd Excelebration

Racing Post analysis:

A fascinating renewal of the St James’s Palace featuring the winners of 29 races between them and four of the nine runners were previous Group/Grade 1 winners, but all the attention was directed towards one horse.

FRANKEL has become a real superstar in remaining unbeaten in six previous starts and his breathtaking success in the 2,000 Guineas was still very much fresh in the memory. He was bidding to match the exploits of Rock Of Gibraltar (2002) and Henrythenavigator (2008) by following up his Newmarket success in this and he seemed to have no chinks in his armour with regard to trip, track or ground. However, although he won, the feeling is that we didn’t see the best of him here and he just about got away with it.

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Part of the problem was the ride given to his pacemaker Rerouted, whose jockey must have thought he was taking part in the King’s Stand and quickly blazed off into a massive advantage. Tom Queally was obviously concerned not to get caught in a pocket in the main pack aboard Frankel and sent his mount in pursuit of the pacemaker a long way out. Having collared him over 3f from home, he was soon in a clear lead, but it can be a long way home at Ascot and the colt appeared to get tired inside the last furlong and didn’t have a lotto spare at the line, though connections were more of the opinion that he just idled.

He is obviously better than this and a mouth-watering clash with Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes could be on, while a step up to 1m2f for the Juddmonte International remains a possibility.

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His starting price on his debut was 7-4, the only time he has ever been priced odds-against.

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