St James Palace Stakes Betting Odds - Royal Ascot Tips 2017
The St James’s Palace Stakes is one of the most exciting races at Royal Ascot. Often featuring the leading runners from the 2,000 Guineas from Newmarket (and the Irish and French equivalents), you are assured that this one mile trip will let you view the best three-year-old colts around. If you fancy a bet on this Group 1 contest, read on for our predictions and betting tips and be sure to make use of our live betting odds comparison table to get the best price for whichever runner you back.
Aidan O’Brien’s English and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Gleneagles unsurprisingly heads the betting with Paddy Power offering the best betting odds of just 4/6. With six victories from his eight runs to date (it would have been seven had he not been disqualified at Longchamp in October), he is certainly the runner to beat and he looks to have everything required to prosper at Royal Ascot.
Given Gleneagles’ apparent superiority, you’d be forgiven for discounting the rest of the field as no-hopers, but we have the feeling that one or two of the runners might just have enough to challenge the favourite. For instance, Andre Fabre’s Territories – who is priced at best betting odds of 8/1 with Paddy Power – came second to Gleneagles at Newmarket in the 2,000 Guineas, staying on well. Okay, he was never a real threat to the winner, but if Gleneagles has an off day, Territories could be the one to pick up the pieces.
The positive consequence of an odds-on favourite, of course, is the prevalence of each way value further down the field. The runner that we predict will finish in the top three is Richard Hannon’s Ivawood, who was third in both the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and who has, in fact, never finished outside the places in any of his seven runs to date. Priced at standout odds of 20/1 with Paddy Power, we fancy Ivawood has the determination and staying power to keep in touch with Gleneagles and bring home our St James’s Palace each way betting tip.