The St. James’s Palace Stakes
This is the last of three Group 1 races that are run on Day 1 of Royal Ascot. This race is more unusual in that only 3 year old colts are eligible for this race. It is also the oldest of the three Group 1 races held on the first day, having been established in 1834.
Being a Group 1 race, the prize money available is significant – £250,000 in 2010, though this is the lower end for Group 1 races at Royal Ascot! The St. James’s Palace Stakes were not always regarded as a Group 1 race, having been rated as a Group 2 race until being upgraded in 1988.
Aiden O’Brien has been running away with this race, having his horse win the last 3 races in a row, and no less than 6 times since 2000. Jonny Murtagh hasn’t done too badly either, riding the winning horse to victory in both 2008 & 2009.
|2009||Mastercraftsman||Jonny Murtagh||Aiden O’Brien||5/6||Good to Firm|
|2008||Henrythenavigator||Jonny Murtagh||Aiden O’Brien||4/7||Good to Firm|
|2007||Excellent Art||Jamie Spencer||Aiden O’Brien||8/1||Good to Firm|
|2006||Araafa||Alan Munro||Jeremy Noseda||2/1||Good to Firm|
|2005||Shamardal||Kerrin McEvoy||Saeed bin Suroor||7/4||Good to Firm|