St James’s Palace Stakes & Coventry Stakes Odds & Picks

Can Chaldean follow up his win in the 2000 Guineas and label himself as the Champion three-year-old colt in Europe? Here the St James’s Palace Stakes & Coventry Stakes betting preview!

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Coventry Stakes 

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

Can Wesley Ward do it again and beat the Brits on their home turf with the exciting colt Fandom who broke the maiden tag the first time at Keeneland?

We all know that Wesley Ward likes to take his best two-year-olds over to the UK and targets this Royal Ascot Meeting. Fandom 14/1 went gate to wire to break the maiden tag the first time at Keeneland and won by six and three quarter lengths at the wire, winning in hand under Irad Ortiz Jr and he was visually impressive. The form of that race has a strong look as the second Blast Furnace has already come out and finished fourth in a Stakes race from a UK rating of 93.

Fandom will once again try to go gate to wire and become another winner at Royal Ascot for owners Stonestreet Stables, whose Lady Aurelia was a winner at Royal Ascot in 2017.

This is a strong field however and he’ll have to overcome the unbeaten chalk River Tiber 7/4 from the Aidan O’Brien barn. He also won by a wide margin when breaking the maiden tag first time by 10 lengths at Navan Racecourse and then stepped up the class ladder to win an Allowance contest at Naas when a 2/9 favorite. He has shown plenty of speed but the O’Brien Barn has won this nine times, and always bring their best colts to this race.

There are two others that are also unbeaten, the once-run Asadna 4/1 and another Irish raider Givemethebeatboys 7/2.

Asadna broke the maiden tag first time when winning at Ripon by an easy 12 lengths. Handler George Boughey has a fine team of two-year-olds and it is significant that William Buick takes the reins on this one. The second at Ripon has since run again but finished down the field in a better class, so some caution is advised.

Givemethebeatboys has won both his races by narrow margins, both times closing late to get up on the wire. They have come over faster tracks, and there is no doubt that the stiff stamina laden six furlongs at Ascot gives plenty of upside, and handler Jessica Harrington has booked Mr. Ascot Frankie Detorri for the ride.

A huge field of 22 with many unbeaten, but a longshot that could go well is The Camden Colt 50/1. He did not handle the undulations at Epsom last time but was closing late on, and is another who will enjoy this much stiffer stamina test.

2023 Coventry Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

 Without a doubt, River Tiber has strong claims with his handler’s record in the race, and it will be a surprise if he does not hit the board, but his morning line odds do not give much upside.

A narrow vote goes to FANDOM who was highly impressive at Keeneland and the second horse has given that form a solid look. At 14/1 he looks like a nice across-the-board play.

Givemethebeatboys will be the strongest closer of all here and along with The Camden Colt, can be battling for a slice underneath.

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by JazzSports
River TiberRyan Moore+188
AsadnaWilliam Buick+333
GivemethebeatboysFrankie Dettori+400
Army EthosHollie Doyle+1600
Bucanero FuerteKevin Stott+1800
FandomIrad Ortiz. Jr+1800
BobsleihgCharles Bishop+2000
Chief MankatoJames McDonald+2200
Emperor’s SonOisin Orr+2200
HaatemPat Dobbs+3300
Buyin BuyinSeamie Heffernan+4000
Cuban ThunderRossa Ryan+4000
Flag Of St GeorgeRobert Tart+6600
PoliticoJames Doyle+6600
The Camden ColtSean Levey+6600
PackardDavid Egan+8000
Spanish PhoenixOisin Murphy+8000
Watch My Tracer Daniel Muscutt+8000
Zoulu ChiefBilly Loughnane+8000
Prince X JColin Keane+10000
TicktybooRowan Scott+20000
Alfa WhiteburdClifford Lee+25000

St James’s Palace Stakes 

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

Chaldean 2/1 has won five of his last six races, including when winning the 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket last time. His only defeat was two back when he bobbled at the gate and unseated Frankie Dettori in the Grade 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

His win in the 2000 Guineas saw him stalk the speed and he came to tackle the leader at the furlong pole before widening to win by a length and three quarters. Ascot promises to bring about even more improvement from the Andrew Balding barn star, and he’ll be tough to beat for the other eight foes.

Royal Scotsman 11/1 who was third in the 2000 Guineas had only just been beaten by Chaldean in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket when they were 2-year-olds and he looks sure to run well again. He was disappointing in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh racecourse on his last appearance but was a very good 3rd of 17 runners in last year’s Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot so we know he acts on this much stiffer track and late closer looks an across the board type at the morning line odds.

The horse that is unexposed and tough to get a handle on is the John & Thady Gosden inmate Mostabshir 8/1who has had just three career starts to date. He broke the maiden tag the first time in his only start as a two-year-old and then took a big step up the class ladder on his first start as a three-year-old when beaten eight lengths in The Grade 3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket back in April.

He showed the benefit of that run by winning the next time when dropped down the class ladder and gained a rating of 94. He could well be the one on the speed here as he went gate to wire in that last race. He needs to show a jolt of improvement but that is entirely possible coming from a powerful barn.

The joint favorite on the morning line odds is Paddington 2/1 from the powerful Aiden O’Brien barn and he has won his last four, including the Irish 2000 Guineas last time. If we look at the third horse HI Royal, who he beat two and three-quarter lengths, then he has the form to win this. Chaldean beat Hi Royal a length and three quarters in the English 2000 Guineas, so the form is there for all to see.

Others that look interesting are Cicero’s Gift 9/2 and Isaac Shelby 9/1.

Cicero’s Gift is unbeaten in three races and now takes a step up the class ladder while Isaac Shelby won the Grade 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury on his seasonal bow and then stepped up the class ladder to finish second in the Grade 1 French 2000 Guineas. He is another that likes to be up with the speed and holds a strong chance across the board.

2023 St James’s Palace Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

 There is no doubt that Chaldean and Paddington deserve their places at the top of the betting and a slight preference is for Paddington through the form line with Hi Royal.

However, ISAAC SHELBY was a very easy winner of the Greenham Stakes and this stiffer track will suit better than his last run at Longchamp and he gets the vote.

Cicero’s Gift and Royal Scotsman can also be battling for a slice underneath.

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by JazzSports
ChaldeanFrankie Dettori+225
PaddingtonRyan Moore+250
Cicero’s GiftKieran Shoemark+550
MostabshirJim Creowley+800
Isaac ShelbyWilliam Buick+900
Royal ScotsmanJamie Spencer+1400
GaleronJames McDonald+4000
CharynDavid Egan+5000
IndestructibleKevin Stott+5000

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