Canford Cliffs 11/8 To Gain Revenge On French Challenger In St James's Palace Stakes
The first three home in the StanJames.com 2000 Guineas head a field of 15 declared for the James’s Palace Stakes, on the first day of Royal Ascot next Tuesday.
French challenger Makfi will attempt to confirm superiority over the Richard Hannon trained pair, Dick Turpin and Canford Cliffs, although the second home at Newmarket is more likely to take the easier option of the Jersey Stakes.
Although 1 3/4 length behind Makfi at Newmarket Canford Cliffs is a best price 11/8 to gain revenge, with the French colt a top price 5/2 with Paddy Power and Bet365.
After failing to settle at Newmarket Richard Hannon’s charge ran out a most impressive winner of the Irish equivalent, which explains bookmaker confidence in the St James market.
Next in the ante-post market comes Aidan O’Brien’s Steinbeck at 11/2 with William Hill and Totesport.
Five length behind Canford Cliffs at the Curragh, connections expect a much closer race this time, as the Footstepsinthesand colt had been held up in his work due to a minor setback.
The French are also represented by Siyouni, the mount of Christophe Lemaire who partnered Makfi at Newmarket, but is retained by Siyouni’s owner, the Aga Khan.
Siyouni was a warm favourite for the Poule D’Essai Des Poulains ( French 2000 Guineas ) but finished unplaced behind the high class Lope De Vega, after meeting all sorts of trouble.
With a trouble free run at Ascot the Pivotal colt is sure to put up a bold show and can be backed at 8/1 with William Hill and Boylesports.
As well as Steinbeck, the O’Brien stable have four other entries, with Encompassing a possible pacemaker, as their number one is certain to be suited a true run race.