The St James’s Palace Stakes is a Group 1 race run over a distance of seven furlongs and 213 yards on the flat on the first day (Tuesday) of the Royal Ascot Festival in June. The race is open to three-year-old colts.
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The race has an impressive roll of honour since the turn of the century, too, with the likes of Giant’s Causeway, Mastercraftsman, Canford Cliffs, Frankel, Kingman and Gleneagles all tasting success in the race.
The race is named after St. James's Palace, a royal residence during the Tudor period, and was established in 1834, however the inaugural race was a walkover.
The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and for a period the St. James's Palace Stakes was classed at Group 2 level before being promoted to Group 1 status in 1988.
The St. James's Palace Stakes usually features horses which ran in the 2,000 Guineas, the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) or the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the previous year. For all Frankel won the race in 2011, one of the best recent performances in the race – on Timeform’s scale – came from Dawn Approach in 2013, when he edged out Toronado by a shoulder.