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Breeders Cup 2015

2011 St. James's Palace Stakes (G1)

6/14/2011, Ascot-GB
1 mile (Turf)
3 M
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Older Comments about the 2011 St. James's Palace Stakes (G1)...

Frankel certainly didn't get the best ride he's ever gotten by Tom Queally in this race. But I think the St James's Palace Stakes revealed a chink in Frankel's armor if he's not ridden to specifications? Frankel won this race because he had a field full of inferior 3yr.old's in behind him. Trust me, Zoffany is certainly not a Canford Cliffs. Even at his best, I'm not convinced that Frankel is good enough to beat Canford Cliffs at Goodwood in the G1 Sussex Stakes? And if Queally makes any sort of jockey error again, the way he did in this race, Canford Cliffs will blitz him. The G1 Sussex Stakes will be the first that Frankel is ever facing older horses, and it will be the first time that Frankel is ever facing another horse with anywhere near the kind of speed that Canford Cliffs possesses. It's not a fluke that Canford Cliffs has reeled off 5 straight major G1 win's at a mile on turf in Europe. It's also no fluke that he cantered all over Goldikova in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot, and frankly beat her with a little bit in hand. Frankel's an awfully talented colt. But I really do expect that the speed of Canford Cliffs will prove to be too much for him to overcome this early into his career. TJMO.
After seeing what he did to some of the better 3yr.old colts at Newmarket in the English 2000 Guineas, I don't believe it will be any big surprise to see Frankel win the St James's Palace Stakes either. But there are some other very talented horses in the race that represent some great e/w or across the board value. Marco Botti's colt, Excelebration, was 2nd to Frankel at Newbury in the Greenham Stakes, then went to Germany, where he bolted up to win the German 2000 Guineas by a street. Wootton Bassett who figures to be the pace angle along with Frankel has only been beaten once in his career. A 5th place finish in the French 2000 Guineas. Dream Ahead is also a real talent. A 2-time G1 winner himself. Dream Ahead won the G1 Prix Morny and the G1 Middle Park Stakes. Dream Ahead was named co-champion juvenile with Frankel last season.