St James's Palace Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Rnd) 1m

  • (3yo, 1m, Class 1, 16 runners)
  • Winner £167,294 2nd £63,425 3rd £31,742 4th £15,812 5th £7,935 6th £3,982
  • Going: Good (Round Course: Good to Soft, Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 40.14s
  • Off time: 15:48:27

Full Result

15:45 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (15) 12 Most Improved (IRE) B J Meehan 3 9-0 K Fallon 9/1
SP 9/1 Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden 2f out, ran on opened 8/1 £5000-£500 £180000-£20000 £20000-£2200
2nd (2) ¾ 9 Hermival (IRE) M Delzangles 3 9-0 G Benoist 9/1
SP 9/1 Led 2f, close up, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, ran on to go 2nd post, not reached winner
3rd (12) hd 8 Gregorian (IRE) J H M Gosden 3 9-0 R L Moore 14/1
SP 14/1 Close up, ridden to chase winner 2f out, stayed on towards finish, lost 2nd post
4th (11) 1 2 Born To Sea (IRE) J M Oxx 3 9-0 h J P Murtagh 7/1
SP 7/1 In touch, ridden over 2f out, soon switched left, ran on under pressure inside final furlong opened 8/1 £80000-£10000 £50000-£6000 £10000-£1200(x2) £5000-£600 £4000-£500(x2)
5th (1) 2 7 Gabrial (IRE) R A Fahey 3 9-0 J P Spencer 16/1
SP 16/1 In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on one pace
6th (6) nse 6 Foxtrot Romeo (IRE) B Smart 3 9-0 R Hughes 14/1
SP 14/1 Tracked leader 6f out, ridden to chase winner 2f out, no extra near finish
7th (4) ½ 14 Saigon J A R Toller 3 9-0 Kirsty Milczarek 100/1
SP 100/1 Held up, ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong, never on terms
8th (13) 1 3 Cogito (USA) B J Meehan 3 9-0 Martin Dwyer 22/1
SP 22/1 In rear, ridden 4f outr, badly hampered entering final 3f, ran on final furlong opened 20/1
9th (14) 10 Lucayan (FR) Francois Rohaut 3 9-0 p1 S Pasquier 16/1
SP 16/1 Raced wide in touch, headway 3f out, no impression final 2f opened 14/1
10th (9) 1 11 Miblish C E Brittain 3 9-0 t T P Queally 200/1
SP 200/1 In rear, ridden 4f out, hampered entering final 3f, never a factor
11th (10) 4 Dragon Pulse (IRE) M Delzangles 3 9-0 F M Berry 8/1
SP 8/1 Raced wide held up, hampered over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous opened 10/1 £10000-£1000
12th (5) 7 13 Power A P O'Brien 3 9-0 J P O'Brien 11/4f
SP 11/4f Held up in final trio, badly hampered entering final 3f, not recover opened 10/3 £7000-£2000 £3500-£1000(x2) £33333-£10000 £5000-£1500 £3333-£1000 £3000-£900(x2) £6000-£2000 £3000-£1000(x2) £1500-£500(x3)
13th (7) 9 5 Fencing (USA) J H M Gosden 3 9-0 t L Dettori 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up, hampered entering final 3f, not recover, soon eased opened 10/1
14th (16) 6 16 Wrote (IRE) A P O'Brien 3 9-0 J A Heffernan 33/1
SP 33/1 Led 2f, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
15th (8) 99 1 Arnold Lane (IRE) M R Channon 3 9-0 Martin Harley 40/1
SP 40/1 Held up, badly hampered entering final 3f, not recover
PU (3) 15 The Nile J H M Gosden 3 9-0 William Buick 10/1
SP 10/1 Close up, broke down badly and pulled up entering 3f opened 11/1 £30000-£3000

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £10.80 Tote Place £3.00 £3.30 £4.30 Straight Forecast £86.21 Exacta £120.30 Trifecta £2,189.80 Swingers 1&2 £17.70, 2&3 £28.00, 1&3 £28.00

Jackpot £88,976.61 carried forward to Ascot, 20th Jun
Placepot £872.90, Pool: £518016.97, 433.2 winning tickets
Quadpot £388.40, Pool: £19559.44, 37.26 winning tickets

Analysis

There did not look an outstanding three-year-old candidate this season and the rear half of the big field was decimated by a horrible incident on the home bend as The Nile seemed to take a bad step in mid-pack and broke down. Arnold Lane, Fencing and Power were all badly hampered in the incident along with Miblish and Dragon Pulse while Saigon and Cogito both did well to avoid the stricken horse. Up front away from the trouble, MOST IMPROVED made the best of his way home under Kieren Fallon having sat in the perfect position for the first half of the race. He did get a little tired in the closing stages but he finally delivered on the track the promise he had shown at home to trainer Brian Meehan. Most Improved had enough left in the tank to hold off the fast-finishing Hermival and a mile and a quarter should not be an issue in the longer term. Hermival was forced to switch around Foxtrot Romeo and Gregorian inside the distance in a bid to get a clear run. The French raider continues to perform well on the whole at the top level and should get his head in front if his sights are lowered. Foxtrot Romeo and Gregorian both had every chance two furlongs out and kept on well enough while Born To Sea made up late ground in the same fashion as he did at the Curragh without ever threatening the lead. He is another who should win a race if tried in an easier grade. Gabrial took a big jump up after an impressive handicap win at Haydock last time and ran extremely well - he should add to his tally in Pattern company as he has a very useful turn of foot. Wrote had the worst of the draw out wide and scampered across to lead on the rail in the early stages. He used up plenty of energy with that move and was backtracking in the final two furlongs.