Odds on favourite Coroebus has come through a difficult test to win the St James’s Palace Stakes and add it to the 2000 Guineas he won early in the year. With William Buick on board, the 10/11 shot was caught up in midfield traffic for a large portion of the race, but found his way through before holding off several fast finishers.
The three-year-old was well-fancied in the build-up and now joins the likes of Frankel, Rock of Gibraltar, Dawn Approach and Poetic Flair who have all won on this stage. There were a whole host of horses hunting him down but in the end it was Lusail (28/1) who finished in second, with My Prospero (4/1) in third.
The real eye-catcher late on was Maljoom, who was stuck on the inside for the majority of the race and was way back in the field, but came within fractions of breaking into the top three. He ran the final furlong way quicker than anybody else and was taking chunks out of Coroebus with every stride but just ran out of room. He is certainly one to keep an eye on having lost his unbeaten record in unfortunate circumstances here.
"I knew I had won - it was a bit of a messy race but he had the gears to take the gap on the near side," winning jockey William Buick said after the race.
"It just confirmed that he's the best three-year-old miler..."
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