John and Thady Gosden’ four year old Palace Pier dominates the top of the market here after winning in seven of his eight trips to a racecourse.
Tenderly handled in the infancy of his career in low grade affairs, he scored in handicap company last June before sweeping to an impressive victory in the St James’ Palace stakes here at last year’s Royal meeting.
Brushing aside Pinatubo and Wichita saw the son of Kingman rightfully take his place in group one company.
A trip to Deauville yielded more success as the versatile colt but through heavy ground to a second win in group one company.
Despite taking on his elders for the first time he showed his class and determination to further tighten his grip over the 1 mile division.
Finishing last season losing his unbeaten record in the Queen Elizabeth II stakes on Champions Day, losing a shoe and a poor start cost him and he could only manage 3rd behind The Revenant and Roseman.
Returning to the track as a 4 year old for this season he picked up the winning thread immediately. A demolition job in a group 2 at Sandown in April was followed up by a spellbinding performance in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month.
Sent off at prohibitive odds for both he simply showed he’s a cut above the rest. A devastating turn of foot sealed his third Group 1 win and set him up nicely for his run here.
The one to beat on paper. Simply the best miler around right now.