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2019 St James's Palace Stakes tips - Gosden's 7/1 chance could have the last laugh in Tuesday's Group One feature

Brian Healy 11 Jun 2019
Who wins this year's St James's Palace Stakes?

Brian Healy gives his big-race preview for Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes, the third of Tuesday's Group One contests on day one of Royal Ascot.

The third of the day one Group One contests to go to post at Royal Ascot is the St James’s Palace Stakes which goes to post at 4.20pm as the fourth race of the afternoon on the opening day of the classy five-day Festival.

Boasting a first prize in excess of £280,000, this one mile contest takes place on the round course at Ascot, and the Group One race features an illustrious roll-of-honour which sees the likes of Barney Roy, Galileo Gold, Gleneagles, Kingman, Dawn Approach, Frankel and Canford Cliffs all win this race since the turn of the decade.

A maximum field of 20 runners will go to post for this one mile contest, with many having contested one or both of the English and Irish 2000 Guineas.

A potentially white-hot renewal could feature the likes of Irish 2000 Guineas 1-2 Phoenix Of Spain and Too Darn Hot, while Newmarket 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia went on to finish fifth in the Irish colts’ Classic and could also feature alongside Skardu who finished third at Newmarket and fourth at the Curragh.

Add in the likes of Fox Champion, who is four wins from five starts, and Madhmoon who finished runner-up in the Epsom Derby and could step back in trip having finished fourth in the Newmarket colts’ Classic previously, and this year’s renewal looks very strong.

However, one who is perhaps still flying under the radar represents a yard which has won two of the last five renewals of this race, and John Gosden’s KING OF COMEDY (7/1, William Hill) could have the last laugh on his Classic rivals if turning out.

The Kingman colt is 3-4 in his career, winning on debut at Sandown and then finding only one too strong next time at Redcar where he might have been inconvenienced by the soft ground behind I Could Do Better in the Two-year Old Trophy.


A winner at Yarmouth on his reappearance, beating Land Of Legends, he improved for the run to win a Sandown Listed contest in good fashion from Roseman although he still looked to be in need of the experience given how he carried his head under pressure and he looked awkward.

That field also included the likes of the well-regarded Sangarius from Sir Michael Stoute’s yard, and Walkinthesand from the Richard Hannon camp so while the form may not quite prove up to Classic standard, it was nontheless a strong performance from the three-year old given he still looked very immature.

He can only continue to improve for more experience, and he could prove to be a potentially top-class prospect. Of course, he has to raise his game again stepping up from a Listed contest to a white-hot Group One contest, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him do so for his top yard and further progression could well see him firmly in the mix for this top prize.

2019 ST JAMES’S PALACE STAKES SELECTION - KING OF COMEDY (7/1, William Hill)

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2019 St James's Palace Stakes tips - Gosden's 7/1 chance could have the last laugh in Tuesday's Group One feature

Brian Healy gives his big-race preview for Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes, the third of Tuesday's Group One contests on day one of Royal Ascot.

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