Three-Way Fight on Cards in St James’s Palace Stakes 2016

If all those who have expressed an interest in taking their chance actually show up for the Group 1 on June 14, we could be in for one hell of a race.

At the time of writing the winners of all three major European 2000 Guineas races are set to run in the top class three-year-old colts mile contest and it could be a race that raises the roof of the stunning main Ascot grandstand.

The Gurkha, Favorite to Win (6/4)

The Gurkha Horse Profile

6/4 is currently the best price on offer for The Gurkha, a stunningly easy winner of the French 2000 Guineas where he beat Simon Crisford’s First Selection by over five lengths.

The manner of his win had to be seen to be believed and was all the more remarkable when you consider he hadn’t ever run until just five weeks earlier when he made his racecourse bow and finished third in testing ground at Leopardstown.

He clearly gained plenty from that experience as the son of Galileo then hacked up by nine lengths on soft ground at the Curragh before heading over to Deauville where he burst onto the European scene in no uncertain fashion.

Reported t7o have come out of that race well, it will be fascinating to see how he fares against the other two Guineas winners87, especially if he encounters quicker conditions for the first time in his short career.

Awtadd (7/2)

At 7/2 Kevin Prendergast’s Awtaad will have his supporters after seeing off the Qipco 2000 Guineas hero Galileo Gold in fine style in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh last month. There was no doubting Awtaad’s superiority on the day as he loomed up menacingly toward the outside and pulled readily away to beat Hugo Palmer’s classic winner by two-and-a-half lengths on testing ground.

Different underfoot conditions might bring the two very much closer, and Frankie Dettori, who rode Galileo Gold, is confident there will be a different result this time around. The Irish believe Awtaad is getting better though and may still have more to offer.

Galileo Gold (9/2), Value Bet

Galileo Gold Horse Profile

For his part, Galileo Gold was a fine two-year-old who has trained on to be even better at three.

He is a credit to his upwardly mobile trainer and there was absolutely no fluke about his 12/1 victory on the Rowley Mile on April 30 where he powered away to beat Massaat and the rest in great style.

The deep ground at the Curragh clearly didn’t suit him ideally and if that race hasn’t taken too much out of him he will be many punter’s idea of the value in the race at 9/2.

More Contenders

Outside of the front three it’s hard to be too enthusiastic about the rest, good horses though they are. The likes of Emotionless, Godolphin’s talking horse who won the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last September but has not been seen since trailing in last in the Dewhurst Stakes a month later, Richard Fahey’s talented Ribchester, runner-up to Galileo Gold at Newmarket, Michael O’Callaghan’s Blue de Vega, third in the Irish 2000 Guineas, and Clive Cox’s Zonderland, a good winner in listed company recently, are all very useful colts, but if the big three do turn up they will more than likely be playing for a place at the very best.

In the News

[1] skyrock.com, Guineas match-up on in Palace, 2016