St James's Palace Stakes Guide

Pinatubo

Trainer: Charlie Appleby

Jockey: William Buick

One of the best two-year old’s in modern times and a rating higher than Frankel after winning two group one’s and much was expected of him this season.He was odds on for the Guineas but could never get going and finished third.

He comes here towards the top of the market but is an extremely eye -catching price and that could be huge if he returns to his two-year old form.

Whether he’s trained on, whether others have caught up to him or he just simply needed the run, this is perhaps the day we find out, but if returning to the form of last season, he could leave the others well behind.

Wichita

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Ryan Moore

On jockey bookings, he was seemingly the Ballydoyle second string in the Guineas however was the subject of a big gamble and was narrowly denied, finishing second to the strong finishing Kameko.

He was impressive when winning a group three at Newmarket in October but was well behind Arizona and Pinatubo in the Dewhurst.

He looks to have improved again this season and will surely serve it up to Pinatubo again but may want the ground to dry up.

Palace Pier

Trainer: John Gosden

Jockey: Frankie Dettori

This son of Kingman is hugely exciting. He is three from three here and skipped the Guineas and instead went to Newecastle, where was very impressive.

Unlike his market rivals, he doesn’t bring any group form to the table however that isn’t really a concern and he should make this an extremely exciting race.

John Gosden has a good record with horses coming here after a prep instead of the Guineas, Without Parole in 2018 and King of Comedy finishing a neck second last year and Palace Pier is primed to go close.

Threat

Trainer: Richard Hannon

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

He also skipped the Guineas but hasn’t had a prep for this however has been the plan for some while and you’d imagine he will be ready to go.

He steps up to a mile, which should suit on the basis of his runs last season but his two-year old form, whilst good, winning the Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes, isn’t as good as the two market principles and would have to improve considerably to get near them.

Positive

Trainer: Clive Cox

Jockey: Adam Kirby

Another, like Threat, who comes here after skipping the Guineas but with no other prep and this will be a big task first time out.

His form last year reads well however, he was second to Pinatubo at Goodwood and went on to win the Solario at Sandown.

He was however beaten by three of these in the Dewhurst and whilst the step up to a mile could find more improvement, this is a difficult task.

Arizona

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Sean Levey

Through the winner, it was thought he’d be the main challenge to Pinatubo in the Guineas and vibes were strong however he finished 11th of 15 at Newmarket after being weak in the market.

He has a lot to prove here but was close to Pinatubo in the Dewhurst. He also has to prove his stamina however and could be a pacemaker and then stepped back to sprinting distances later on in the year.

Royal Donarch

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Tom Marquand

The outsider of the field after finishing 10th in the Guineas and looks to be the stables third string.

He did actually beat subsequent 2000 Guineas winner Kameko last season but doesn’t seem to have improved and could be a pacemaker here.

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