On Tuesday, the Royal Ascot meeting begins at the Ascot Race Course in the United Kingdom. The event features numerous G1 and G2 races of high prestige, while in this article, we’re about to look closely at two of them – the G2 Coventry Stakes and the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes.
The first race is open to two-year-old where Blackbeard and Persian Force will attempt to maintain their perfect records, upon which Coroebus makes his first outings in the St James’s Palace Stakes since scoring the 2000 Guineas.
The first race to talk about is open only to two-year-old who will clash at the distance of six furlongs. On the turf surface, the field will vie for the purse of £150,000 in this G2 event that has one of its favorites in Blackbeard (7-2). The Aidan O’Brien bound bay has three outings under his belt, all of them victorious as the son of No Nay Never bagged his debut, prevailed in a Listed company, and most recently was quite impressive in the G3 Marble Hill Stakes. Back then, he really bolted up in the closing stages, and if he puts up a similar performance on Tuesday, his rivals will face a tough task of trying to emulate his powerful move.
Aidan O’Brien has more than one chance in this renewal as he also relies on Age of Kings (12-1). He broke his maiden at the second attempt and in a fine style, running away from the rest of the field to score by four lengths. The distance might actually suit him and because this race is usually highly competitive and quite often upsets occur, Age of Kings might the one causing it.
While the Irish apparently have strong claims here, the British send in especially Persian Force (3-1). The Mehmas colt trained by Richard Hannon has recorded two wins from two starts, fulfilling the role of a favorite both in Class 4 and Class 2 races. He handled five and then six furlongs with ease, so the only concern is that he didn’t leave much class behind.
Royal Scotsman (13-1) is another one to consider as he, indeed, finished only fourth in his debut but won by five lengths in his next start, and looks ready to snatch a good place here. Bradsell (12-1) then impressed in his sole start, destroying the competition of a Class 3 race at York by nine lengths.
2022 Coventry Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction
Our horse betting pick for the Coventry Stakes is Blackbeard, whose finish in the G3 company was eye-catching, and the colt just seems like a hugely talented two-year-old, especially over short distances.
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|Noble Style||Charlie Appleby||+350|
|Persian Force||Rossa Ryan||+300|
|Little Big Bear||Aidan O’ Brien||+800|
|Age of Kings||Frankie Dettori||+1200|
|Royal Scotsman||Jim Crowley||+1300|
|The Antartic||Aidan O’ Brien||+1700|
|Harry Time||Leigh Roche||+2300|
|Remarkable Force||Silvestre De Sousa||+2300|
|Rousing Encore||Oisin Orr||+2300|
|Show Respect||Sean Levey||+2300|
|Faisal Road||John Thady||+2700|
|Late September||Colin Keane||+2700|
|Paddy’s Day||Kieran Shoemark||+2700|
|The Ridler||R A Fahey||+3800|
|Ti Sento||Ronan Whelan||+5500|
|Lakota Blue||Faye McManoman||+7500|
|Kings Crown||Barry McHugh||+8500|
|Waiting All Night||James Doyle||+10000|
St James’s Palace Stakes
The pinnacle of the festival for three-year-old colts is held at the distance of a mile and offers the purse of £500,000. In this G1 turf race, Coroebus (2-5) is the clear leading chance, thanks to his commanding performance in the 2000 Guineas.
Trained by Charlie Appleby, Coroebus looked the picture also as a junior as he scored his debut and finished second by a neck in the G2 Royal Lodge Stakes, upon which he bagged a G3 victory. Although he didn’t show up among the absolute elite, the son of Dubawi oozed so much class that he was pretty supported for his seasonal debut despite the fact it was a demanding one – he commenced his three-year-old campaign in the British 2000 Guineas. After a good gallop in the rear, nobody was able to answer his finish, including favorite Native Trail, and Coroebus finally achieved a G1 triumph. Sticking to a mile, the bay colt is naturally the favorite here, with the only possible question mark could lie in the fact that he hasn’t hit any other track than the Newmarket one. Still, this shouldn’t be a big issue, and Coroebus looks ready to add another big victory to his record.
William Haggas sends in a couple of interesting three-year-olds who seem to pose as the most serious opposition for the leading candidate; however, even My Prospero (15-4) would cause a slight upset if bettering Coroebus. The son of Iffraaj has three starts under his belt. As a two-year-old, he was third in his debut, while in the ongoing season, he is unbeaten in two outings. At first, he broke his maiden and then denied a victorious return to talented Reach For The Moon as My Prospero bagged the Listed Heron Stakes by a length and ¼. The progressive bay could be the best of the rest here, given he hasn’t shown everything he’s capable of.
His stable-mate, Maljoom (13-2), has enjoyed an entirely different campaign. After skipping the entire two-year-old campaign, he commenced his career with a win in Doncaster, upon which he scored a Class 2 race on the all-weather surface. That the distance of a mile suits him, Maljoom affirmed in Germany where he travelled in May. Installed as the second chance for the G2 German 2000 Guineas, the son of Caravaggio proved the journey well-worth as he earned the Classic glory at the Cologne Race Course, and even though it’d be a considerable surprise had he bettered Coroebus on Tuesday, he needs to be considered.
The Andrew Balding bound Berkshire Shadow (45-2) returned to the Royal Ascot meeting after a year as in 2021; he delivered in the Coventry Stakes. Since then, he hasn’t won but placed among a G2 company and finished fourth in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes. He could play a role on Tuesday as his effort in the 2000 Guineas wasn’t bad, given he entered the season back then and managed to snatch up fifth place. He could go one or two better here.
The last to mention is New Energy (12-1), a runner-up in the Irish 1000 Guineas behind Native Trail. The chestnut ran a race of his life back then, and if he transfers his form to Ascot, he should fight for a good place.
2022 St James’s Palace Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction
Our betting pick for the St James’s Palace Stakes must be Coroebus, as nothing but a victory is expected of him.
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|My Prospero||Tom Marquand||+375|
|Might Ulysses||Frankie Dettori||+1200|
|New Energy||Robbie Colgan||+1200|
|Light Infantry||Jamie Spencer||+1400|
|Angel Bleu||Rob Hornby||+2250|
|Berkshire Shadow||James Doyle||+2250|
|Wexford Native||Kevin Manning||+4000|
|Bayside Boy||David Egan||+5000|
|The Acropolis||Aidan O’ Brien||+6600|
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