2022 St James's Palace Stakes Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

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

In 2020, the race has been moved to the final day of the meeting, to give entrants the maximum rest time between Ascot and the rescheduled 2000 Guineas. It was moved back to day one the following year.

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 Key Facts

DateTuesday 14th June, 2022
TrackRoyal Ascot
ClassGroup One
Race TypeSet weights
Age3YO colts

2022 St James's Palace Stakes Tips

Our guide to the 2022 St James's Palace Stakes will be published in the weeks leading up to Royal Ascot 2022.

2022 St James's Palace Stakes Odds

No odds are available for the 2022 St James's Palace Stakes.

2021 St James's Palace Stakes Result

1st Poetic Flare 7/2f
2nd Lucky Vega 4/1
3rd Battleground 11/1

St James's Palace Stakes Live Stream

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St James's Palace Stakes Day Card

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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.

2018 saw the well-backed Without Parole claim victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.

Gosden then looked set for a remarkable one-two in 2019, only for Aidan O’Brien’s Circus Maximus to power home and snatch the title ahead of King Of Comedy and Too Darn Hot.

St James's Palace Stakes Lead Up Races

As the race is only open to three-year-old colts, the most popular lead up races for the St James’s Palace Stakes are the British 2000 Guineas, the Irish 2000 Guineas and the French equivalent of that Classic, the Poule d'Essai des Poulains.

Royal Ascot Track Report

Ascot is a large, right-handed track, best suited by galloping sorts. Ascot features a 14-furlong round course, and a straight course for races between five furlongs and a mile.

The track at Ascot is testing, particularly when the ground is soft, and the three-furlong home straight is all uphill until the runners hit the line.

St James's Palace Stakes FAQs

Who won the 2021 St James' Palace Stakes?

2000 Guineas hero Poetic Flare powered to an impressive victory over Lucky Vega and Battleground in the 2021 St James' Palace Stakes.

When is 2022 St James's Palace Stakes?

The 2022 St James's Palace Stakes will be held on Tuesday 14th June, 2022.

How can I watch the St James's Palace Stakes?

The race will be shown live on ITV Racing. Visit our Live Streaming page to find out how you can watch every race at Royal Ascot on your mobile or tablet.