The Daily Telegraph

St James’s Palace Stakes

Marlboroug­h’s horse-by-horse guide

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1 Battlegrou­nd 6-1

Beat one home when the gamble of the race in the 2,000 Guineas. The quality of his form lines still leave plenty to be desired in this context; others make much more appeal.

2 Bullace 33-1

Taken his form up a level in two starts this season, most recently when a good Listed third. Likely comes here as he is rated 1lb too high for the Britannia Handicap; looks too tough a task.

3 Chindit 8-1

Could be argued that the action in the 2,000 Guineas happened away from him and he ran very well in the circumstan­ces. Looks ready to run a career-best; solid place claims at least.

4 Highland Avenue 5-1

One of three from the Heron Stakes and was arguably the best of them last time given track positions and weight differenti­als. This test may prove too sharp today, however; place chance at best.

5 La Barrosa 18-1

High-class colt with a turn of foot who can be excused two below-par efforts on soft ground. Looks set to run a career-best; lively place chance. 6 Lucky Vega 7-1

Thoroughly consistent colt who ran well in the Irish 2,000 Guineas despite unfavourab­le ground conditions. This much more suitable; the one to beat.

7 Maximal 20-1

Largely consistent colt having his first start at Group One level. Can give a good account of himself without necessaril­y getting involved in the finish.

8 Mostahdaf 5-1

Winner of all three of his starts, most recently getting up late to win the Heron Stakes at Sandown. This is much tougher and stall one could be tricky if held up; each-way chance.

9 Naamoos 25-1

Wide-margin winner of the Esher Cup in April. Not seen since and taking a major step up in class. Likely pace angle but could struggle to lead all the way here; best watched.

10 Ontario 100-1

Winner of one of his nine starts, reported to have stopped quickly last time out. Likely to give stablemate­s Battlegrou­nd and Wembley a good tow into the race but will struggle to feature himself.

11 Poetic Flare 4-1 fav

Tough, high-class and likeable colt who won the 2,000 Guineas and finished a narrow second in the Irish version. Should relish the return to firmer ground; must go close.

12 Thunder Moon 12-1

High-class juvenile who bombed out on his first try at a mile in the 2,000 Guineas. Needs to prove he has trained on and is up to this level as a three-year-old; best watched.

13 Wembley 18-1

Thoroughly consistent two-year-old who has shown very little in two starts this season. Tongue-tie applied for the first time; could bounce back but has plenty to prove here.

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