Trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore teamed up for their second win Tuesday when Circus Maximus crossed the line first in Group 1 St. James's Palace Stakes for 3-year-olds at Royal Ascot. Earlier on the opening day card, the trainer-jockey combo won the G2 Coventry Stakes for 2-year-olds with Arizona.
Circus Maximus was prominent throughout the one-mile race, took up the lead about a furlong out and fended off a late rally from King of Comedy, who finished second. Race favorite Too Darn Hot, owned by musical theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, was third.
Circus Maximus, co-owned by Flaxman Stables and Coolmore, is an Irish-bred son of Gallileo out of the Danehill Dancer mare Duntle. The colt won his third race from seven career starts in the St. James's Palace. He last ran at 1 1/2 miles in the Investec Derby but cut back in this race to the mile.
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