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St James`s Palace Stakes - Royal Ascot 2017

Published on: 20/06/2017

St James`s Palace Stakes - Royal Ascot 2017

June 20, 2016 16:20pm - Ascot, Berkshire

Royal Ascot 2017

Category: Group 1, Class 1

Distance: 7f 213y

Going: Good to firm

Runners: 8

Winner: £ 226,840.00

After winning the Greenham at Newbury, Barney Roy followed that up with an impressive if tactically flawed effort in the 2,000 Guineas coming in behind Churchill. On what should be a more suitable track, he can be expected to go well here and could get the better of his rival this time out.

Churchill has proved to a reliable mount having already bagged four Group 1 wins. He has previous form against his closest challengers here and will once again be the one to beat. He should head off as favourite with early prices of 5/2 currently available.

Thunder Snow was just two-lengths back when fourth to Churchill in the Dewhurst at Newmarket. Next came a Group 1 win at Saint-Cloud in October before he was defeated by Churchill once again in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. A price of 16/1 could tempt some in the each-way market.

Aside from those three, there is no horse that really catches the eye although Lancaster Bomber has been thoroughly tested at a high level and could compete for a place.

Betting odds and tips

This should be a straight race between Churchill and Barney Roy with the latter just getting the nod. A price of 5/2 may not offer much to get excited about so those looking for a big-priced contender may want to place a small each-way stake on Thunder Snow at 16/1.

You can back Barney Roy to win at a best price of 5/2, while Thunder Snow is available at a tempting 16/1 with Bet365.

Remember, Bet365 are offering guaranteed best odds on all Royal Ascot races and a 100% deposit bonus up to £200 for new accounts.

St James`s Palace Stakes - Last three years:

2014: Kingman - James Doyle (John Gosden)

2015: Gleneagles - Ryan Moore (Aidan O’Brien)

2016: Galileo Gold - Frankie Dettori (Hugo Palmer)

By Neil Morris

Published on: 20/06/2017

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (20/06/2017 13:56:10) but are subject to change.