Royal Ascot countdown: Coroebus can thrive on a bend in St James’s Palace Stakes

Royal Ascot countdown: Coroebus can thrive on a bend in St James’s Palace Stakes, while Chris Waller predicts fireworks when Nature Strip take on Golden Pal

  • Charlie Appleby star Coroebus leads the pack for St James’s Palace Stakes
  • All four races of his career have been on Newmarket straight courses
  • Australian superstar Nature Strip takes on Golden Pal in the King’s Stand Stakes

Coach Charlie Appleby thinks the first chance for 2,000 Guineas winner Coroebus to run around a corner in Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes will work in his favor.

The four descents of the Coroebus career took place on the straight courses of Newmarket.

Appleby said: “I think making a turn will suit him. He’s a great racer and if anything from a jockey’s perspective, they had to count to five before they allowed him to move.

Coach Charlie Appleby has high hopes for Coroebus in Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes

“Making a turn might get him back behind the bridle so the jockey can run more over him.”

Meanwhile Australian trainer Chris Waller predicts fireworks when Nature Strip, currently ranked the best sprinter in the world, takes on 2020 Norfolk Stakes winner Wesley Ward and 2021 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Golden Pal in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes.

Waller said: “Royal Ascot is something unique and it will all depend on which horse faces the occasion and the pressure of racing.”

“Golden Pal is very good and very quick, but I doubt he’s been under the pressure he’s about to be under, the same also applies to our horses.” These races make champions and talking points.

Nature Strip and teammate Home Affairs, who compete in next Saturday’s Platinum Jubilee Stakes, practiced at Ascot.

  • STRADIVARIUS was reduced to a 9-4 favorite to win a record fourth Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday after finishing fourth last year. His 12 potential rivals are led by Trueshan, ridden by Hollie Doyle, and Kyprios by Aidan O’Brien.
  • EMILY UPJOHN, who slipped early in Oaks’ forfeit court last week before being beaten on Tuesday, could make a quick reappearance in Thursday’s Ribblesdale Stakes.
  • IT is understood that the traditional royal procession which takes place each day before the race could still take place even if the Queen does not attend.


Clyde P. Johnson