Betfair Palace House Stakes
| Group 3, Newmarket 13:50
5f, Class 1
|Saturday 6th June 2020|
1 Far Above 7/2
2 Judicial 15/2
3 Major Jumbo 11/2
12 ran NR: Tarboosh
Distances: ¾l, ¾l, hd
James Tate's Far Above was quick out of the blocks in the Group Three and was going easily alongside the speedy Ornate throughout the first few furlongs before seeing off that rival without fuss.
Up front on the rail has been the place to be at Newmarket all week and so it proved again here, although Far Above looked clearly the best as he outclassed his rivals.
Judicial came out of the pack to grab second, but Far Above had three-quarters-of-a-length in hand at the line from the runner-up, with Major Jumbo third.
Tate said: “I was a bit worried PJ (McDonald) being up there, as I would have preferred him to be fourth or fifth. He is a very fast horse and the fastest I’ve ever had. He is awfully delicate and ideally he likes soft ground as he has won on soft and heavy.
“If we had not got the rain we might not have run and we would have had to go straight to the King’s Stand Stakes, which would be a tall order for a horse with so little experience.
“He won twice over six last season not getting home in my opinion. He was always going to have a go at five furlongs.
“All being well we can look at the Group Two at Goodwood, the Nunthorpe, Flying Five and the Abbaye. Ten days is too short of a turnaround for Ascot.”
McDonald said: “I’ve been very excited about this horse from very early on in his career.
“He’s a horse that’s blessed with natural speed and you can see that today on ground that wasn’t ideal for him, so I’m very happy with him.
“Because we’ve been teaching this horse to settle in his races, I just jumped a fraction slower and I had to give him a little squeeze early just to hold my pitch up the inside.
“But once I gave him that squeeze, he was wanting to go on and gave me a great feel.”
Palace House Stakes (Group 3)
Winner: £20,983, 5f, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm
NO. (DRAW) POS HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (13) Far Above 4 9-6 James Tate P J McDonald 7/2
2 (6) ¾ Judicial 8 9-6 Julie Camacho Callum Rodriguez 15/2
3 (1) ¾ Major Jumbo 6 9-6 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 11/2
4 (2) hd Well Done Fox 4 9-6 Richard Hannon Silvestre De Sousa 22/1
5 (3) ¾ Queens Gift 5 9-3 Michael Dods Paul Mulrennan 12/1
6 (10) ½ Moss Gill 4 9-6 James Bethell James Doyle 4/1
7 (9) 1 Shades Of Blue 4 9-3 Clive Cox Adam Kirby 100/30F
8 (4) 1 Arecibo 5 9-6 David O'Meara Kieran Shoemark 28/1
9 (7) nk Hareem Queen 4 9-3 K R Burke Andrea Atzeni 18/1
10 (8) ¾ Ornate 7 9-6 David C Griffiths Phil Dennis 28/1
11 (12) 1¼ The Cruising Lord 4 9-6 Michael Attwater David Egan 50/1
12 (11) ½ Dark Shot 7 9-6 Scott Dixon David Probert 150/1
NR 8 (5) Tarboosh 7 9-6 Paul Midgley NON RUNNER