Gleneagles Soars To Victory In St. James’s Palace Stakes

by | 06.16.2015 | 11:52am
Gleneagles powers to victory over Consort (left) and Latharnach (white cap) in the St. James's Palace Stakes

Heavily-favored Gleneagles took command with just over a furlong to run and cruised to an easy victory in the Group 1 St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot June 16.

The 3-year-old son of Galileo is undefeated in three starts this year. In addition to his Royal Ascot score, the Aidan O'Brien trainee notched wins in the G1 Qipco Two Thousand Guineas and G1 Tattersalls Irish Two Thousand Guineas. Overall, Gleneagles has won seven of nine career starts, with four G1 victories to his credit.

A field of five went to the post in the St. James's Palace, with Gleneagles sent off as the heavy 2-5 favorite.

At the start it was French classic winner Make Believe that went to the front. He was soon joined by the undefeated Consort, who assumed the lead after a furlong. Aktabantay raced in third, with Gleneagles relaxed and running in fourth.

The order remained unchanged throughout the early stages of the race. With two furlongs to run, Frankie Dettori put Consort into a drive and the pair spurted for home. However, Gleneagles was under a full head of steam on the far outside, and pulled even with the frontrunner with a furlong to run.

In the final furlong it was all Gleneagles, as the dual classic winner drew off to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Latharnach closed late to take second, with Consort holding on for third.

Final time for the eight furlongs was 1:38.86 over a course rated as good to firm.

Gleneagles is the second foal out of Group 2 winner You'resothrilling, who is a full sister to Giant's Causeway. You'resothrilling's first foal, Marvellous – a full sister to Gleneagles – captured the G1 Irish One Thousand Guineas in 2014.

Gleneagles was ridden to victory by Ryan Moore. The colt is owned by the partnership of Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, and Derrick Smith.

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