2023 St James Palace Stakes & Coventry Stakes Recap

Paddington comes out on top in a pulsating battle of the English and Irish 2000 Guineas winners as he swoops at the furlong pole to defeat Chaldean in the 2023 St James Palace Stakes. Meanwhile, River Tiber holds off the valiant Army Ethos and provides trainer Aiden O’Brien with his tenth winner of the Coventry Stakes.

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2023 St James Stakes

Grade 1 – Purse $756,000 – 1 mile – Turf – 3-Year-Olds

Straight from the start, it was clear that Frankie Dettori wanted to go gate to wire on the chalk Chaldean and he was followed out wide by Indestructible with Ryan Moore, who had also broken well on the eventual winner PADDINGTON sitting in third spot, with another fancied runner Isaac Shelby in fourth.


Dettori was not messing around, and the pace was fast as he clearly wanted to test his other foes stamina.

As they continued down the back stretch, Chaldean was a length clear and Galeron, the 2000 Guineas fifth had now made a move on the inside rail to stalk the leader with Paddington now drifting back to fifth spot, but in the three lanes with a clear view ahead.

As they reached the far turn Chaldean applied more pressure and as they hit the stretch he widened to a two-length lead with two furlongs to go as Indestructible backed out of it.


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However, Moore had Paddington poised and he swooped over the top to hit the front a furlong from the wire, and he soon widened to win by three and three-quarters of a length with Chaldean a brave second.

Charyn who trailed the field early came with a strong closing run to take the third spot with Isaac Shelby, who met traffic problems in the stretch holding well for the fourth spot.

2023 St James Palace Stakes Payouts

1. Paddington$3.20$1.20
2. Chaldean$1.33
3. Charyn$7.60

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 40.74 secs

2023 Coventry Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $189,000 – 6 furlongs – Turf – 2-Year-Olds

There was drama before the start as both Chief Mancato and Buyin Buyin had to be removed from the stalls after getting restless.

As the gates opened the other twenty-two runners set on their way and the American raider Fandom jumped smartly from the gates, and he had a share of the speed with Givemethebeatboys as the field split into two groups on Ascot’s straight five furlongs.

The chalk and eventual winner RIVER TIBER had also broken smartly under Ryan Moore but was reined back to stalk the severe early speed.

As they reached the two-furlong pole Fandom backed out of things while on the stands side it was Army Ethos and Bucanero Fuerte who made their moves, while on the far side, it was still Givemethebeatboys who was the overall leader with River Tiber still stalking quietly under Moore.


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As they went deep inside the final furlong, River Tiber ground down Givemethebeatboys but he had to fend off one more challenge from Army Ethos who was closing strongly. However, River Tiber held well to win by a neck at the wire with Bucanero Fuerte in third and the long-time leader Givemethebeatboys backing out late to finish in fourth spot.

2023 Coventry Stakes Payouts

1. River Tiber$2.38$1.25
2. Army Ethos$5.00
3. Bucunero Fuerte$4.20

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 15.49 secs

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