G1 St James's Palace S.

Regal Presence Opens the Royal Meeting

While it is expected that The Queen will be at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, the fact that the monarch is not going to attend each day and that there will be no royal procession means that as far as normality is concerned we are far from out of the woods. In an upgrade on the atmospheric void that was 2020, there will be 12,000 in attendance to create some buzz at Flat racing's magnificent summer showcase which still boasts a strong, if slightly diminished, international element. While French entries have...

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Mac Swiney Heads to the Derby, Royal Ascot For Poetic Flare

Saturday's G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas winner Mac Swiney (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) and his stablemate, G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas scorer Poetic Flare (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}) are bound for the G1 Cazoo Derby and Royal Ascot's G1 St James's Palace S., respectively, owner/breeder/trainer Jim Bolger revealed on the Luck on Sunday programme. Bolger told Luck on Sunday of Mac Swiney, "As they say in the west of Ireland, I was mighty impressed with him. I thought that he stuck to the task really well--any horse wishing to take him...

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Master of the Seas to Miss Royal Ascot With Injury

Master of the Seas (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), a close second in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas earlier this month has sustained a setback in training and will miss Royal Ascot in June, Godolphin announced on Monday. A winner of the G3 Craven S. at Newmarket in April, and the G2 Superlative S. at two, the Charlie Appleby trainee had been pointed at the G1 St James's Palace S. "2000 Guineas runner up Master Of The Seas unfortunately had a setback after training on Saturday and will now be on the...

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Appleby's Classic Colts Exit Guineas in Good Order

The Godolphin G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas team has excited the Newmarket showpiece in good order according to trainer Charlie Appleby. Master of the Seas (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who ran second in the Guineas, is being freshening before returning in the June 15 G1 St James's Palace S. at Royal Ascot. Fourth-place finisher Naval Crown (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is also expected to be in action at the Royal meeting, although in the G3 Jersey S. on June 19. Rounding out the Appleby Guineas trio is One Ruler (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who...

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Ascot Braced for Super Saturday

   After the quintet of thrilling Group 1 contests this week at Royal Ascot, Saturday sees a triple treat as the G1 St James's Palace S., G1 Coronation S. and G1 Diamond Jubilee S. provide the ultimate closing act. It is the St James's Palace which entices the most, with the May 6 G1 2,000 Guineas second and third Wichita (Ire) (No Nay Never) and Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) re-enacting their Classic encounter as TDN Rising Star Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) joining in for good measure. On last year's form,...

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Pinatubo Well, Will Target St James's Palace

European champion Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) is doing well following his third-place finish in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas and will point to the G1 St James's Palace S. at Royal Ascot. Trainer Charlie Appleby  reported the Godolphin runner to be none the worse following his effort on the Rowley Mile on Saturday. The Shamardal colt suffered the first reverse of his career in the wake of Kameko (Kitten's Joy) and Wichita (Ire) (No Nay Never). Prior to the Guienas, Pinatubo won each of his six juvenile outings and boasted a...

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Threat to Swerve Guineas in Favour of St James's Palace

MGSW Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), a winner of the G2 Gimcrack S. and G2 Champagne S., will target the G1 St James's Palace S. on June 20th, instead of the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on June 6th, The Sun reported. The Cheveley Park colourbearer was last seen running fifth in the G1 Middle Park S. behind Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) on Sept. 28. "There's nothing wrong with him, it's just a decision with all of us that he's probably better off on a flat track and it gives him...

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