St James's Palace Stakes Tips & Predictions


DateTuesday June 20, 2018
TrackRoyal Ascot
Distance1603m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prizemoney£400,000
Age3YO colts

The final of three Group 1 races on the opening day at Royal Ascot in June, the St James's Stakes is associated with some of the best colts in European history.

Punters are always keen to bet on the three-year-old colts and this race is no different. Big turnover is generated on the St James's Palace Stakes each and every year at Royal Ascot.

St James's Palace Stakes 2018 Tips

St James's Palace Stakes day betting card 2018


Race Name
2017 Winner
Queen Anne Stakes
Ribchester
Coventry Stakes
Rajasinghe
King's Stand Stakes
Lady Aurelia
St James's Palace Stakes
Barney Roy
Ascot Stakes
Thomas Hobson
Wolferton Stakes
Sound And Silence

St James's Palace Stakes history

The race is named after the royal residence during the Tudor period and was first run in 1934 when won by Plenipotentiary.

Elevated to Group 1 status in 1988, the St James's Palace Stakes has since been won by some of Europe's best three-year-old talent.

Galileo Gold, Gleneagles, Frankel and Canford Cliffs are all recent winners of the race and the likes of Frankel and Canford Cliffs would go on to win the Queen Anne Stakes a year later.

The quality form race has been dominated by Aidan O'Brien since the turn of the millennium. O'Brien has scored seven wins (Giant's Causeway, Black Minnaloushe, Rock of Gibraltar, Excellent Art, Henrythenavigator, Mastercraftsman, Gleneagles).

The impressive list of winners has set O'Brien above the rest he has become the world's best trainer of three-year-old classic winners.

The St James's Palace Stakes has been an option for both the sprinter/milers and the Guineas-type thoroughbreds, making it the most popular race for colts during the carnival.

Frankel was a popular winner in 2011, but it was one of Frankel's least impressive performances. The champion colt used a lot of gas early in the race and was almost caught by Zoffany near the line.

The winner of the St James's Palace Stakes often goes on to be crowned champion three-year-old colt, among other awards at the end of the season.

St James's Palace Stakes betting guide

There have been some small upsets in recent history, but this race is largely dominated by the favourites.

Barney Roy paid 5/2 in 2017 when beating favourite Churchill and Galileo Gold paid 6/1 when beating The Gurkha in 2016, but it has been predominantly the well-fancied types winning.

The big plunge didn't come off on 4/5 favourite The Gurkha, but Gleneagles was able to score in 2015 at 8/15. The O'Brien-trained colt only had to get past five runners in a disappointing field numbers wise.

One of the more popular winners came in 2014 when Kingman landed a big betting plunge. The John Gosden-trained colt won by 2.25 lengths and returned 8/11 with bookmakers.

Three consecutive short-priced favourites won the St James's Palace Stakes with Dawn Approach winning in 2013 as the 5/4 favourite.

The top liner defeated a field which included Toronado, Dundonell and Magician.

James Doyle is a jockey to follow in the race, having won in 2014 aboard Kingsman and in 2017 aboard Barney Boy.

Local connections have the best record in the St James's Stakes, but Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode for Godolphin in 2005 when piloting Shamardal to victory.