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St James's Palace Stakes 2020 Racecard

It is scheduled to take place each year on the first day of Royal Ascot.’ With ‘It is schedule to take place on the final day of Royal Ascot.

3:00

Saturday 20 June

Distance: 7f 213y Age: 3yo O Prize: £250000 Going: Good (Round Course: Good to Soft, Good in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT

1
Jocket Silks 1. ARIZONA (IRE)
J: Sean Levey
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
9-0
Coventry winner at this meeting last year but found out by Pinatubo later in his juvenile campaign and needs to bounce back from a poor run in 2000 Guineas on reappearance.

2
Jocket Silks 2. PALACE PIER
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John Gosden
3
9-0
Won both starts at 2 and looked potentially very smart when stretching unbeaten record to 3 in 1m Newcastle handicap on reappearance 14 days ago. Can make his presence felt at this much higher level.

3
Jocket Silks 3. PINATUBO (IRE)
J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-0
6-6 in an outstanding 2-y-o season, including beating Arizona and Wichita in Dewhurst. However, there were no apparent excuses when finishing a length behind the latter in 2000 Guineas 14 days ago.

4
Jocket Silks 4. POSITIVE
J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
3
9-0
Winner of Group 3 Solario at Sandown at 2. Well behind Pinatubo, Arizona and Wichita in Dewhurst on final start but he is better than he showed on that occasion. Tough ask on return, though.

5
Jocket Silks 5. ROYAL DORNOCH (IRE)
J: Tom Marquand
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
9-0
Found big chunk of improvement from somewhere to upset Kameko in Royal Lodge at Newmarket last September but he was well behind that same rival (and Wichita/Pinatubo) in 2000 Guineas on reappearance.

6
Jocket Silks 6. THREAT (IRE)
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Richard Hannon
3
9-0
Likeable colt who won Gimcrack at York (6f) and Champagne at Doncaster (7f) last season. However, below par in Middle Park final start and he'll require a career best now upped to 1m on reappearance.

7
Jocket Silks 7. WICHITA (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
9-0
Soft ground possibly didn't help when shade disappointing in Dewhurst and he was firmly back on the up when going down by only a neck (Pinatubo third) in the 2000 Guineas on return. The one to beat.

Analyst's Verdict

WICHITA appeared to beat Pinatubo fair and square in the 2000 Guineas and is taken to confirm his superiority. That performance raises doubts as to whether Pinatubo will ever reach the same heights he did as a juvenile and it wouldn't be a big surprise if the main threat emerged from Palace Pier, who was very impressive when making light work of some useful handicap opposition on his reappearance.

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.

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St James's Palace Stakes 2020 FAQs

What distance is the St James's Palace Stakes?

1 mile on the round course

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Saturday

What time is the St James's Palace Stakes?

15:00

What weights are carried in the St James's Palace Stakes?

9 st 0 lb

What is the purse for the St James's Palace Stakes?

£250,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the St James's Palace Stakes*?

Michael Kinane, with six wins

Who is the leading trainer in the St James's Palace Stakes*?

Aidan O’Brien, with seven wins

Who won the St James's Palace Stakes?

You can check out our St James's Palace Stakes results page here to see a List of previous winners.

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