Royal Ascot 2015 images by Peter Mooney, St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 1m, 3yo colts
GLENEAGLES winning his third Group 1 race of the season with a convincing burst of acceleration to win the St James’s Palace 8-15 winning favourite.
Victory for Gleneagles ensured yet another racing record for winning trainer Aidan O’Brien. This was win number seven in the St James’s Place Stakes for Ireland’s champion trainer, overtaking the record he shared with Mathew Dawson who trained during the 19th century.
The trainer thinks his latest victor could be the best ever, as he said: “I am delighted. He is a horse who takes everything in his stride. I don’t think we have ever had a miler as good as him.”
Michael Tabor, one of the winning owners, ranked Gleneagles as “a very special horse”.
“He has done everything we hoped he would,” said Tabor, who commented on the decision to bypass the Investec Derby after wins in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and Irish equivalent at the Curragh.Winning rider Ryan Moore said: “He’s got a very good turn of foot. It was a muddling race and messy early on. Frankie [Dettori] had [on Consort] his own way up front.
“He’s a pleasure to ride and getting better. I never really got serious with him, just hands and heels.”
For connections of Consort, the decision to jump from Listed class to Group 1 was vindicated
The Qatar Sussex Stakes could provide an epic showdown between Gleneagles and Queen Anne winner Solow, with Paddy Power making Gleneagles the evens favourite and Solow a 6-4 chance Royal Ascot .16 June 2015; GLENEAGLES and Ryan Moore run out easy winners of The St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot.With thanks courtesy © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298
17 June 2015; GLENEAGLES and Ryan Moore return after their triumph in The St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298