When asked just which racecourse horse racing fans most enjoy visiting to watch Group 1 races, it is Ascot that often is the one most of them enjoy spending a day at.
In fact the Queen loves visiting that racecourse each year and her diary is always cleared to ensure she is available for the Royal Ascot meeting of course.
As for the Group 1 Races that are held there, well there are several of them that are held there during that meeting and one that does interest a lot of punters who will often start to try and work out just which horse is going to win it weeks or months in advance of the race is the St. James’s Palace Stakes.
That race is held in June during that Royal Ascot meeting and is one which is open to colt’s aged 3 years and over and is run over a 7 furlong, 213 yards course.
Punters wishing to bet on any of the runners in that race should consider making sue of the ante post betting markets of try to secure the best odds guarantees that most bookies offer on the morning of the race instead.
Past Winners of the St. James’s Palace Stakes
Favourites, long shots and even complete rank outsiders have won this race over the years but some of the much more recent winners include Kingman ridden by James Doyle who won this race in 2014m and Gleneagles ridden by Ryan Moore who win in 2015 and then Frankie Dettori won in 2016 riding Galileo Gold.
The 2017 winner of this race was Barney Roy ridden by James Doyle and trained by Richard Hannon Jr. The most recent winner was the 2018 winner called Without Parole ridden that day by Frankie Dettori, trained by John Gosden and owned by John and Tanya Gunther.
St. James’s Palace Stakes Facts and Figures
Any major Group One race is of course going to have all manner so weird and wonderful facts and stats associated with it, and if you are wondering just what stats are surrounding this particular race then allow me to give you an insight into a few of them.
As for which jockey has won this race the most times, well in 1982 Michael Kinane won it for the very first time riding a horse called Dara Monarch, but then between that date and 2004 he went on to win it a record six times, and that record has not yet been beaten.
As for which trainer has sent the most winners to this race meeting and has won the most races in the St. James’s Palace Stakes, well that trainer is as you would expcte a very well known one and that is of course Aidan O’Brien.
Every racehorses will of course have an owner, and it can be an expensive business owning a racehorse, that is unless the horse you own win some of the Group One races, for the cash prizes on offer can be huge, and it is Sue Magnier who is the leading owner in this race with her horses winning a total of event times in this race collectively.