Nine-time Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen has died aged 43, just over a year after retiring from racing as he had treatment for pancreatic cancer, British media reported on Tuesday. Smullen, from Rhode in County Offaly, won the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby in 2016 on Harzand, trained by Dermot Weld. Smullen was also a Gold Cup winner at Royal Ascot with Rite Of Passage, and won the Champion Stakes on Fascinating Rock.
Martin Dwyer might have been born within sight of Aintree Racecourse but for a man inspired to ride by the cowboy films he watched as a child, the jockey has not done too badly; a Derby on Sir Percy and an Oaks on Casual Look. On Sunday, however, a third Classic beckons when he rides the favourite Pyledriver, a colt who attracted zero interest when he went through the ring as a yearling with a £10,000 reserve, for his father-in-law William Muir in the 243rd Pertemps St Leger at Doncaster. Win, lose or draw Pyledriver is already one of the feel good stories of this strange season. Increasingly the best horses are in a couple of yards but Pyledriver, one of the unusual suspects, is inching towards the accolade ‘best in class’ for middle distance colts of the Classic generation. Muir, who trains 25 horses in Lambourn, has already sent out Pyledriver to win the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot and he repeated the feat in the Great Voltigeur, York’s Leger Trial. The Derby was a write-off when he was nearly knocked over at the start. But even though he is no stranger to big race success Dwyer, 45, is equal part of the story. He was born in Fazackerley Hospital, the normal destination for jockeys injured in the Grand National, and would, eventually, achieve a lifetime’s ambition when riding in a bumper at his local racecourse. “Aintree’s under-used,” he says. “They should bring back Flat racing there – imagine that on Saturday nights in the summer.”
Tiz the Law, a 3-5 morning line favorite, will start from the No. 17 post in the 146th Run for the Roses on Saturday, which was postponed from its traditional first Saturday in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held without fans. Art Collector, who is unbeaten in four starts this year including two at Churchill Downs, suffered a minor injury to his left front and will be unable to compete in the 1-1/4 miles classic, owner Bruce Lunsford said on Tuesday. The absence of Art Collector is good news for Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law, who won last month's Travers Stakes in dominant fashion.
A season which began with a first Royal Ascot winner could conclude with a first St Leger runner for Lambourn trainer Owen Burrows who will prepare Hukum for the final Classic after his latest win at Newbury on Saturday. The lightly raced three-year-old clinched his third win in four starts with an emphatic two-and-a-half lengths victory in the Group 3 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer Stakes. “He was very impressive,” said Burrows. “He had never run in soft ground but he handled it fine. He has strengthened as the year has gone on and we are very excited. I would have thought the St Leger would be on the cards.” Burrows was working as assistant to Sir Michael Stoute when the Newmarket trainer clinched his one and only victory in the Doncaster race with Conduit in 2008. He is in his fifth season training exclusively for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and his family are enjoying a fine run with Hukum becoming the stable’s fifth win from 10 runners. “We didn’t have a great year last year,” said Burrows. “We changed things up a little bit. I was fortunate early on to have Massaat, who was placed in the 2,000 Guineas, but this horse has to be among the best I have trained in terms of class.” A difficult week for Sir Michael Stoute, during which his long-time partner Coral Pritchard-Gordon died after a long illness, ended with an impressive victory in the feature Group 2 Unibet Hungerford Stakes with Dream Of Dreams. Runner-up in the last two editions of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, he proved a different class over seven furlongs, storming to a seven-lengths victory. Stoute’s assistant James Horton said: “This will mean a lot. It’s a very sad time at Freemason Lodge. Coral was a rock for everyone in the yard, the boss more than anyone. It’s been a tough week and this is a very poignant winner.” Frankie Dettori’s decision to ride in France this weekend has forced him to miss the four-day York because he will have to self-isolate at home on his return following a change to coronavirus travel advice. But he was able to celebrate after clinching victory on Mishriff in the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano at Deauville where he will stop over to partner Palace Pier in Monday's mile feature, the Prix Jacques Le Marois. “Mishriff and Palace Pier are two stable stars and I decided to swallow the quarantine and come here and take my chance,” he said. “At least half the job is done. Let’s hope we can get the other half done. “For elite sportsmen they have changed the quarantine rule from 14 to eight days, so I am prolonging my stay in Deauville to ride next weekend. There’s nothing to rush back for at home at the moment and it’s not a bad place to spend a week.”
The season’s best miler Mohaather is unlikely to be seen on a racecourse before Qipco British Champions’ Day in October after he was taken out of Sunday’s Prix Jacques Le Marois, France’s signature one mile race. Mohaather propelled Marcus Tregoning back into the top division when he overcame traffic problems to record a stunning victory in Goodwood’s Sussex Stakes last month, delivering his trainer a first Group 1 win since Sir Percy triumphed in the 2006 Derby. “The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (October 17) is the main target,” said Tregoning. “The Prix du Moulin on September 6 is a possibility, but only a possibility. Sheikh Hamdan is very keen to go to Ascot. “The horse is in great form. He could run tomorrow and win tomorrow, but there are very few races for him now. I think probably that will be it for the season, unless Sheikh Hamdan wants to go for the Breeders’ Cup.” Mohaather qualified for a guaranteed place in the Breeders’ Cup Mile for his Goodwood victory but Tregoning has doubts that a trip to the United States is realistic during a pandemic. “I think that with all that is going on that would be a non-starter,” he said. “Let’s hope we have got him for a fair while because he is very lightly raced and it would be a shame if it all came to an end at the end of the year because I seriously think he is one of the best milers around and he would have a great chance next year.” The BHA has been rebuked for its handling of last week’s inquiry into whether trainer Gary Moore had breached Covid-19 protocols which led to him being ejected from Glorious Goodwood. Moore was fined £750 but the independent disciplinary panel which heard the case said the details given of his alleged misconduct had been “sparse and inadequate”. “It is a fundamental rule of natural justice that a person charged with misconduct should be informed precisely what he is alleged to have done and the law, rules or regulations he has thereby contravened,” the panel said in findings published on Wednesday. “It should not be left to the accused person to work this out from broad references to rules and factual hearsay statements lacking detail.” Nicholas Wrigley was announced on Wednesday as the new chairman of Aintree Racecourse. He replaces the late Rose Paterson, who died in June having spent six years at the helm of the home of the Grand National. Wrigley, chairman of investment bank N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd, is a former senior steward of the Jockey Club, which runs Aintree. Sir Michael Stoute’s long-term partner Coral Pritchard-Gordon has died after a long illness. She was 73.
Trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable was in second place at the bell for the final turn before the Italian coaxed her into the lead on the home straight as she comfortably beat Sovereign and Japan by 5-1/2 lengths. The win also made Dettori the joint most successful jockey in the event -- alongside Lester Piggott -- with seven wins.
Barry Geraghty, one of the most successful jump jockeys of the last 20 years, has announced his retirement. His tally of 43 Festivals winners, five of which came at his last Cheltenham in March shortly before the lockdown, is only bettered by Ruby Walsh. With Walsh and Paul Carberry already retired, Geraghty joining them, Davy Russell just turned 41, Robbie Power not far behind them at 38, it is another reminder that perhaps the greatest era for Irish jump jockeys in the history of the sport is drawing to its close. Geraghty’s first big winner in Britain was as a teenager on Miss Orchestra for Jessica Harrington, his long-term ally, in the 1998 Midlands Grand National. In 1999-00 he was champion jump jockey in Ireland for the first of two times. In 2003, a few weeks after riding five winners at the Cheltenham Festival and earning his reputation as a man for the big occasion, he rode the Jimmy Mangan trained Monty’s Pass to victory in the Grand National, enjoying such a dream ride he described it as "like a schooling session". He can rightly claim to have ridden two of the best two mile chasers of the current century in Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre, he won the Gold Cup on Kicking King and Bobs Worth, who he had also sold as a young horse to Nicky Henderson and four Champion Hurdles on four different horses: Punjabi, Jezki, Buveur d’Air and Epatante. A candidate for one of his finest rides was when Riverside Theatre, who was off the bridle after three fences, beat the AP McCoy-ridden Alberta’s Run in the 2012 Ryanair Chase. You could divide up his career into riding mainly for three people: Jessica Harrington, Nicky Henderson, when he commuted the Irish Sea for eight seasons, and then the owner JP McManus. “They were all connected,” he pointed out. “Jessie introduced me to Nicky and they both trained for JP.”
The Darley July Cup brings together three of the first four home in the Diamond Jubilee, the Commonwealth Cup winner, and a St James’s Palace also-ran dropping back in trip. But it is a gelding which skipped Ascot, Oxted, that can hold sway on Saturday. This is a race that Frankie Dettori, on Sceptical, has yet to win and it is also one of the few which eluded Kieren Fallon. But on Oxted, who improved through the ranks last year to win the Portland and kicked off this season winning the Abernant, his son Cieren can put the family record straight as well as winning his first Group One winner. Roger Teal has his Lambourn string in flying form having won with Gussy Mac at Sandown on Sunday and Bear Force One at Newmarket on Thursday. “I’m very happy with him,” said Teal. “He wasn’t fully wound up so has come on for the Abernant. It was very firm at Newmarket and he was a bit stiff afterwards so we decided to miss Ascot and get him right.” He added: “The only worry would be the ground. Even though he is bred for it on both his dam and sire’s side his lesser efforts were when the ground was easy. But he’s a year older and stronger.” There is not much between Hello Youmzain, Sceptical, and Khaadem on their Diamond Jubilee form, although the extra experience gained from that race might help Sceptical reverse the form. Otherwise it will be a case of who gets the best run and that also goes for Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde, the principal three-year-old in this year’s race. On Friday, Dandalla, the Albany winner at Royal Ascot, added the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes to her collection and she could now head to the Morny in France for a clash with the Queen’s Tactical, while Nazeef took her winning sequence to six in winning the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes narrowly from Billesdon Brook.
Lizzie Kelly, one of the most successful British female jump jockeys and the first to ride a Grade One jump winner over obstacles, has hung up her boots following the news that she and her husband are expecting their first child. Kelly, 27, first hit the headlines when, as a 20-year-old amateur still studying event management at university, she and Aubusson, trained by her step-father Nick Williams, slopped through standing water to win a novice hurdle at Cheltenham, beating AP McCoy and Richard Johnson in the process. “It’s probably the only winner I’m ever going to ride at Cheltenham,” she said afterwards. Wrong. Two years later as a professional she won the Kauto Star Novice Chase on Tea For Two, who she would go on to ride in the Gold Cup. In 2017 the horse won the Betway Bowl at Aintree, another Grade One. Her Cheltenham Festival wins came on Coo Star Sivola in 2018 and Siruh Du Lac in 2019. “I really have had a career that I could never have imagined and I’ve been blessed to be associated with the horses I have ridden,” she said on Thursday. “The big winners are an important part of a jockey’s career; it’s what you put all your hard work and efforts into getting. The part of the job I enjoyed the most was riding young horses on their first time on the racetrack and looking after them – I got a real kick out of that. “I will remain heavily involved in racing and pre-training. The long-term goal is to train but I am sure there is nothing that will replace riding in races.” She added: “The girls in the weighing room who made it feel like home and the lads on the other side who were so good to me. I really have had a career that I could never have imagined and I’ve been blessed to be associated with the horses that I have ridden.” She did not, however, completely rule out the possibility of taking out her licence again at some stage in the future.
Serpentine produced an electrifying display of front-running to claim a shock win at the Epsom Derby on Saturday as Aidan O'Brien became the most successful trainer in the history of the famous flat race. The 25-1 shot opened up a huge lead on the field and they could not respond as Serpentine, ridden by Emmet McNamara, never looked like being caught. Had there been, they might have been stunned into silence as Serpentine only won his first race a week ago.
Racing was reeling from a second Grand National related tragedy in quick succession on Wednesday when it announced that Rose Paterson, chairman of Aintree Racecourse since 2014, had died. She was 63. The news came 24 hours after the death of Liam Treadwell, who rode the 100-1 winner of the 2009 National, Mon Mome. Paterson was asked to join the committee at Aintree by Lord Daresbury in 2005 and proved an excellent choice to take over when he had completed 25 years in the role. She was certainly not coming at it cold. She learned to ride aged five and her interest in racing had been stimulated by her mother, a “great television punter” who had a horse in training with Bill Elsey, Rosa Do (soon given the sobriquet “Rosa Don’t” after failing to trouble the judge) in Malton. She spent her gap year between school and Cambridge working for Gavin Pritchard-Gordon in Newmarket. Apart from a few choice swear words and having to put up with lads “discussing the size of my bottom” she soon learned that racehorses, even the quiet ones, did not pull up as quickly as the horses she was used to. In her professional life she valued 19th and 20th century art for Sotheby’s. Her big moment in the art world was discovering a Guercino in the basement of Macclesfield Town Hall being used as a ping-pong table. It sold for £100,000, a lot of money in the early 1980s. In 2011 she and her husband, Owen, rode in the Mongol Derby on mainly recalcitrant ponies across 100km of Mongolia. She was bucked off several times but described the challenge as a mental rather than physical test. When asked if she would ever do it again she said she was not that stupid. In 2014 she was appointed the racecourse chairman in charge, essentially, of racing’s biggest day when it gets the most coverage and interest – sometimes not always positive. She once asked the paparazzi to “be fair” when taking photos of Liverpool ladies having a good time at Aintree. The course had not long undergone some fundamental changes to make it safer for horse and jockey and during her tenure there was only one fatality in the race. She described it as a “privilege and thrill be involved in the greatest race in the world” and it was watching people watching the National on Gogglebox, that she realised how most people saw the race; unpredictable, thrilling and terrifying. “I don’t see any other event which is comparable,” she said. “The 10 minutes of the National is short but it’s pure adrenalin.” Though Aintree is all about those 10 minutes, she saw it as very much belonging to Liverpool and the community. A free days’ racing for locals attracted 30,000 and, though she insisted she was the “chairman” (not chair, or worse, chairwoman) she was one of the driving forces behind the first and subsequently annual Grand Women’s Summit, a panel of leading lights in female sport and business, on Ladies day. This year she was hoping to see Tiger Roll equal Red Rum’s feat of winning three Grand Nationals having been successful in 2018 and 2019. However she had no choice but to call it off three weeks before it was due to take place because of the coronavirus lockdown. At the same time she realised Park Palace Ponies, a riding school set up in a disused cinema in Liverpool to help underprivileged children learn to ride, might be in trouble so offered to home five of its ponies which are currently turned out in a paddock at her home along with her hunters which she still rode with the Wynnstay Hunt. Lord Daresbury, chairman of the course for 25 years before handing over in 2014 and a near-neighbour in Cheshire, said: “She was a brilliant successor. She came from a different direction and did a fantastic job. She worked very closely with Andrew Tulloch, the clerk of the course, who lived only a mile away in North Wales. “Under her hand the race went from strength to strength. She was very bright, very wise, brilliant with people and had a great sense of fun. Everyone enjoyed working with her and being around her.” Willie Mullins, the champion jump trainer in Ireland, said: “She was a great choice for the chair of Aintree, she never got flustered and was always cool in a crisis or in the face of a challenge of which Aintree has had a few. She had a way of bringing people with her rather than dividing them. Every year she came to the Irish trainers and ask what she could do to help us with regard to Aintree. “She had great foresight. If there was a controversy brewing she’d sort it out before it happened and she was a horsewoman. If there were horse problems and she knew what you were talking about. She came at things from a horse point of view not the point of view of a desk jockey.” She once said of Aintree: “I’m temporarily in charge of a national treasure. It has been handed to me in a wonderful state and above all it is my aim to hand it over to the next chairman in a similar state.” She accomplished that all right – but way too soon.
Liam Treadwell, the jockey who won the 2009 Grand National on the 100-1 shot Mon Mome, has died. He was 34 years old. A statement put out by West Mercia Police on Tuesday said: “Earlier this morning police were called out to an address in Billingsley near Bridgnorth following the death of a man in his 30s. The death is currently being treated as unexplained. However at this stage there is believed to be no third-party involvement.” In an interview on the 10th anniversary of his greatest victory, Treadwell recalled a sea of blank faces as he pulled up after crossing the line on one of one of the five horses in the history of the race, including Foinavon, to have started at such long odds. He told Telegraph Sport: “I think everyone was as shocked at the victory as I was. It was a bit surreal. I started debriefing Venetia (Williams, the trainer) like I’d just won a little race at Plumpton and she said: ‘You’ve just won the Grand National, you don’t have to tell me how it unfolded.’” His 10 minutes of fame was extended when Clare Balding, who was hosting Aintree for the BBC, referenced his teeth saying he "could afford to go and get them done now if he liked". She had assumed they were the result of falls but it was a condition known as microdontia. However, the one person who was unbothered by her comments was the jockey but, as a result, a dentist picked up on it and offered him a free set of new teeth. In the same interview he said: “It must be one of the kindest things she’s ever said – they’re still gleaming.”
Get unlimited access to our expert analysis with a sport-only Telegraph subscription - £40 for 12 months (less than £1 a week) English King, trained in Lambourn by Ed Walker, shortened to 3-1 favourite for the Investec Derby on the back of the news that Frankie Dettori had been booked to ride him in the Classic which, for one year only, is run on the first weekend in July. Dettori, who was top jockey at Royal Ascot for a seventh time and equalled Pat Eddery’s total of 73 ‘Royal’ winners last week, has already won the race on Authorized and Golden Horn and will hope to equal Eddery’s tally of three Derby winners when he lines up on the son of the 2012 winner Camelot. English King, who ran twice as a two-year-old winning his maiden at Newcastle, shot to prominence when he ran out a very smooth winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial, beating Berkshire Rocco by two and three-quarter lengths. The pair were clear of the rest but the standout point was how balanced the colt was round Lingfield, a course topographically closer to Epsom than any other course. Berkshire Rocco did the form no harm when second in the Queen’s Vase beaten the same margin by Santiago. Like Stradivarius, who he bred, English King carries the silks of Bjorn Nielsen, although he bought him for €210,000 as a yearling. Normally New York-based, he also owns Walker’s yard, Kingsdown Stables.
Betting counters were closed and an eerie silence settled over the ivy-coated plaza inside Belmont Park on Saturday as jockeys and horses gathered for the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes, which will be contested in front of empty stands. The Belmont, traditionally the third leg in the Triple Crown, will be raced first this year after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes were postponed until later in the year due to the coronavirus outbreak. Masked park attendants mingled on a humid, 85-degree Fahrenheit day as concession stands that usually do brisk business selling chilled beverages remained shut.
Jessica Harrington watched from behind the sofa as star filly Alpine Star scorched to victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Horse racing remains a sport in orbit around Frankie Dettori and a seventh leading jockey award at Royal Ascot is proof his star shines brighter than ever.
Nando Parrado became the longest-priced winner in the modern era at Royal Ascot when defying odds of 150-1 to win the Coventry Stakes.
Nando Parrado at 150-1 left punters shell-shocked in the Coventry Stakes as he ran out the biggest-priced winner in modern times at Royal Ascot. The Clive Cox-trained youngster was only fifth on his racecourse debut at Newmarket earlier this month, but that did not stop connections from trying the son of Kodiac in the Group Two heat over six furlongs. Nando Parrado was always prominent before making his bid for honours under Adam Kirby. Qaader was the only horse to put in a real challenge, but Nando Parrado kept up the gallop to cross the line one length to the good. Saeiqa was a further length and a quarter away in third place. Before today's success, the previous record was held by 100-1 shots Fox Chapel, who won the 1990 Britannia Stakes, and 2008 Windsor Castle victor Flashmans Papers. Cox - who teamed up for Group One gold with Kirby in the Commonwealth Cup on Friday - said: "I was just saying it is not a shock. The price was a shock. He is a proper horse and we loved him from the start. It was always the plan to come here, it was just a sideways step on his first run. He came home and thrived from there. "When the rain came earlier in the week I knew he would be better on good or slower ground than quicker ground. There was a little bit of wavering from the owner. We put him in, then took him out the other morning, as he was not sure we could go for the Coventry, but I persuaded him to get him back in there. I'm sure he won't mind me telling you that.
A 150-1 winner of the Coventry Stakes might have been the biggest shock in betting terms in the history of Royal Ascot but there was no surprise about the star of the show, Frankie Dettori. Had you backed the jockey’s winners in an accumulator it would also have been 150-1, but a somewhat more predictable 150-1 shot than Nando Parrado’s in the third race. The semi-joke before the meeting began was that Frankie Dettori, the big-occasion jockey, might not be up for a Royal Ascot run behind closed doors with a smaller audience than you might expect at a village football match rather than 80,000 punters baying his name. But on the final day of the strangest of Royal Ascots, racing’s greatest showman, as he so often has, turned it into Dettori day, proving he does not just run on applause by winning the Coronation Stakes on the Irish filly Alpine Star, the St James’s Palace on Palace Pier and, initiating it all, the Queen Mary on Campanelle. At the end of five days his six winners at the meeting saw him crowned leading rider for the seventh time and he now sits equal with the late Pat Eddery on 73 Royal winners. Even if he rides for another 10 years – racing will hope he does – he will struggle to beat Lester Piggott’s 116. Dettori, 49, is always worth a few pounds on the back of a winner, so after Campanelle’s victory he went out full of confidence on Jessica Harrington’s Alpine Star, stuck to the inside throughout, got the splits when he needed them and galloped all the way to the line to beat the US runner Sharing four and a half lengths.
Charlie Appleby could be afforded a sleepless night as his prized asset bids to put some sparkle back on their resume at Royal Ascot.
Tiz the Law aims to gallop to history as the 6-5 favourite in Saturday's 152nd Belmont Stakes, with the race usually last in the Triple Crown going first in a topsy-turvy time in the sports calendar. The New York race is going forward under strict social distancing procedures, with no spectators allowed, after the postponement of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to Sept. 5 and Oct. 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the pressure is getting to the New York-bred Tiz the Law, however, one can hardly tell.
Hollie Doyle took yet another hammer blow to racing’s glass ceiling as she got a ‘monkey off her back’ by banging in her first Royal Ascot winner.
Clive Cox's best laid plans paid spectacular dividends as Golden Horde delivered on his predicted promise at Royal Ascot.
Frankie Dettori rode his 70th Royal Ascot winner exactly 30 years on from his first but had a clear message - ‘I’m not finished yet’.
See the latest Royal Ascot betting offers 12.40 Silver Wokingham Handicap (6f, 3yo+) The Wokingham looks to have been the target for SWINDLER for quite some time now and, having missed the main race narrowly, he can gain consolation in the consolation race. Blue Mist looks very interesting dropped to six furlongs, and has crucial course form. Louie De Palma also has course form, and can run a big race on seasonal reappearance. Chiefofchiefs is another interesting contender dropped to six furlongs, and can outrun his likely big price. Marcus Armytage's tip: Count d'Orsay 1.15 Queen Mary Stakes (5f, Group Two, 2yo fillies) PELEKAI looked to have plenty left under the bonnet when winning from the front on debut at Newcastle, and looks a live chance for last year’s winning trainer Mark Johnston. Campanelle demands a lot of respect for trainer Wesley Ward, who has won this race three times in the past 11 runnings. More Beautiful smacked of a Group performer when bolting up on debut at Naas, and a repeat of that should see her run very well. Marcus Armytage's tip: Happy Romance 1.50 Coventry Stakes (6f, Group Two, 2yo) LAUDED took off on his only start in a six-furlong novice at Haydock, coping well with the good to soft ground to win by 4½ lengths. Al Shaqab Racing have come into part-ownership of Lauded, and he can reward them with a big run here. Admiral Nelson looked a very smart prospect in winning his first start, and should relish another furlong. John Gosden produced Calyx to win this in 2018, and brings forward another son of Kingman in Existent, who has a good chance. Marcus Armytage's tip: Thunder of Niagra 2.25 Coronation Stakes (1m, Group One, 3yo fillies) QUADRILATERAL can take a big step forward from her third placing in the 1,000 Guineas and prove the one they all have to beat here. She will greatly benefit from a strong pace to aim at, which is possible with the likes of Run Wild and Cloak Of Spirits in the line-up. US raider Sharing is respected on her Breeders’ Cup winning form as a two-year-old, and So Wonderful can run well without necessarily winning. Marcus Armytage's tip: Run Wild 3.00 St James’s Palace Stakes (1m, Group One, 3yo colts) Even a slightly slower pace in this race can see champion two-year-old PINATUBO return to winning ways, and prove that he can be a fixture in the top races as a three-year- old. Wichita is very solid, but likely needs the ground to dry out further if he is to confirm the Guineas form with the selection, whilst Threat can run a massive race provided he can settle on his first try at a mile. Marcus Armytage's tip: Palace Pier 3.35 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6f, Group One, 4yo+) ONE MASTER is taken to build on her impressive course form, and can be finishing strong and late under the in-form James Doyle, with any further softening of the ground a big plus. Breathtaking Look has done little wrong at 6 furlongs, and can put her proven stamina at this trip to good use; she looks a very good each-way chance. Last year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Dream Of Dreams can improve for a gelding operation, and looks a very good chance of making the frame. Marcus Armytage's tip: Shine So Bright