St James's Palace Stakes
(British Champions Series)
Group 1, Ascot 16:20
£500,000 guaranteed,
3yo only, 7f 213y, Class 1   
Tuesday 20th June 2023


1 Paddington 11/5
2 Chaldean 13/8F
3 Charyn 33/1
9 ran Distances: 3¾l, nk, 1½l
Time: 1m 40.74s (slow by 1.54s)

Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Paddington cemented his position as the best three-year-old miler around by comprehensively seeing off 2,000 Guineas winner Chaldean.

Despite racing three-wide on the bend, the fast-improving Paddington quickened strongly in the straight under Ryan Moore before powering clear to score by an emphatic three and three-quarter lengths.

Paddington’s fifth successive win takes Aidan O’Brien above Sir Michael Stoute as the most successful current Royal Ascot trainer with 83 wins, nine of which have come in this prestigious mile contest.

Frankie Dettori had his own way out in front on Newmarket hero Chaldean but the colt had no answer to the winner’s change of gear. Charyn kept on well from off the pace to edge out Isaac Shelby for third.

O’Brien said: “Paddington is very exciting. John [Magnier] said to me that this horse would get further than a mile if you wanted him to, no problem. Ryan gave him a lovely ride – I thought he was excellent on him. 

“Obviously, when Frankie is in front, it is always very dangerous, but Ryan gave him a masterful ride. He didn’t panic, produced him and he quickened. He is able to quicken very well – that is the big thing and what makes good horses great. 

“The lads will have to think about whether they want to go to Goodwood for the Sussex Stakes. We will tell them after 10 days how he is, and then they will decide between themselves what they want to do. But he has all the options, because he has the speed to be a top miler, like we see, so it’s very exciting.”


Discussing Paddington’s unusual route to the top level, O’Brien said: “What we try in the spring is to get the horses out, and most of them are too high to be in a handicap, and we go the route we can start them at, and try to start as low as we can. 

“The Madrid Handicap in Ireland is always a good race, like the [discontinued] Free Handicap here, if you can get into it. He won his maiden nice, but it mustn’t have been a brilliant maiden, and then he obviously got a nice mark. He didn’t win bolting on the bridle or anything, he won nicely without being over-impressive.”

Moore said: “Paddington has a lot of class. He stepped well and then two of the boys kicked on and I lost my cover going into the bend. I didn't want Frankie going on, but maybe I should have been a bit cold and ridden him from further back.

“He took me there quite easy and, when he put his foot down, he found plenty. He's a very good colt who is improving and improving.  He’s a proper horse – very straightforward – and he put them away very easily. I am very happy with him.”

Chaldean’s trainer Andrew Balding said: “He was beaten by a very good horse. Frankie has just felt he probably just overdid it a little early, but I’m not sure whether that would have made a difference to the result. Two very high class horses.”

Frankie Dettori added: “Chaldean is a super horse. He found one too good today, but he was a good second. It was a solid run.”

Roger Varian said of Charyn: “I am delighted with how he ran – he seems to be improving. We were happy to put a line through his run in the 2,000 Guineas, but I was very happy with his run at the Curragh last time. He was beaten the same distance today by Paddington as he was at the Curragh. He's versatile, tough and genuine. Now we'll have to place him to win one of these. I don't think he's out of place in this company and I think he'll keep improving all year. He has finished third to two Guineas winners today and in another 100 yards he might have got second.

David Egan added: “I was always confident that Charyn would outrun his odds. I saw he was 80/1 or so earlier in the day – crazy stuff, because he ran a great race in the Irish Guineas. He had a rough race, as did most in the English Guineas and was second at Newbury behind Isaac Shelby, so he’s obviously turned that form around. I’m very proud of the horse – he has showed he has enough talent to compete with the big boys.”

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St James's Palace Stakes (Group 1)
£500,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 7f 213y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

1 (8)    Paddington 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 11/5

2 (1) Chaldean 3 9-2 Andrew Balding Frankie Dettori 13/8F
3 (7)
nk Charyn 3 9-2 Roger Varian David Egan 33/1
4 (3)
Isaac Shelby 3 9-2 Brian Meehan William Buick 8/1
5 (9)
¾ Indestructible 3 9-2 K R Burke Kevin Stott 22/1
6 (6)
Mostabshir 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden Jim Crowley 16/1
7 (2)
½ Cicero's Gift 3 9-2 Charles Hills Kieran Shoemark 12/1
8 (4)
Royal Scotsman 3 9-2 Paul & Oliver Cole Jamie Spencer 11/1
9 (5)
nse Galeron 3 9-2 Charles Hills James McDonald 33/1


Past Results

2022-WINNER-COROEBUS Charlie Appleby William Buick Godolphin 3 9-02 10/11F

2021-WINNER-POETIC FLARE J S Bolger Kevin Manning Mrs J S Bolger 3 9-00 7/2F

2020-WINNER-PALACE PIER John Gosden Frankie Dettori Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum 3-9-00 4/1

2019-WINNER-CIRCUS MAXIMUS Aidan O’Brien IRE Ryan Moore Flaxman Stables, Sue Magnier, M Tabor & D Smith 3-9-00 10/1

2018-WINNER-WITHOUT PAROLE John Gosden Frankie Dettori John & Tanya Gunther 3-9-00 9/4F

2017-WINNER-BARNEY ROY 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-5/2
2ND-Lancaster Bomber 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Donnacha
O’Brien; SP-12/1

3RD-Thunder Snow 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-6/1

8 ran; Time-1m 37.22s; Dist-1, hd 1/2 Fav Churchill (4th)

2016-WINNER-GALILEO GOLD 3-9-00 Owner-Al Shaqab Racing; Trainer-Hugo Palmer; Jockey-Frankie Dettori- SP-6/1

2ND-The Gurkha 3-9-00 Owner-Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-4/5 Fav
3RD-Awtaad 3-9-00 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-Kevin Prendergast IRE; Jockey-Chris Hayes; SP-5/2
7 ran; Time-1m 44.01s; Dist-11⁄4, 1⁄2

2015-WINNER-GLENEAGLES 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey- Ryan Moore; SP-8/1
5 Fav
2ND-Lathanarch 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Charlie Appleby; Jockey-William Buick; SP-25/1

3RD-Consort 3-9-00 Owner-Highclere Th’bred Racing (Hardwicke); Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-6/1

5 ran; Time-1m 38.86s; Dist-21⁄2, 1⁄2

2014-WINNER-KINGMAN 3-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-8/1
1 Fav
2ND-Night Of Thunder 3-9-00 Owner-Saeed Manana; Trainer-Richard Hannon snr; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-3/1

3RD-Outstrip 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Charlie Appleby; Jockey-William Buick; SP-33/1

7 ran; Time-1m 39.06s; Dist-2¼, 1

2013-WINNER-DAWN APPROACH 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Jim Bolger IRE; Jockey-Kevin Manning; SP-5/4 Fav
2ND-Toronado 3-9-00 Owner-Sheikh Joann bin Hamad Al Thani; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-5/1

3RD-Mars 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP- 10/1

9 ran; Time-1m 39.23s; Dist-sh, 2¾

2012-WINNER-MOST IMPROVED 3-9-00 Owner-Iraj Parvizi; Trainer-Brian Meehan; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-9/1

2RD-Hermival 3-9-00 Owner-H H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani; Trainer-Mikel Delzangles FR; Jockey-Gregory Benoist;

3RD-Gregorian 3-9-00 Owner-H R H Princess Haya of Jordan; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-14/1

16 ran; Time-1m 40.14s; Dist-¾, hd 11/4 Fav Power (12th)

2011-WINNER-FRANKEL 3-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Henry Cecil; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-30/1
00 Fav
2ND-Zoffany 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-

3RD-Excelebration 3-9-00 Owner-Giuliano Manfredini; Trainer-Marco Botti; Jockey-Adam Kirby; SP-10/1

9 ran; Time-1m 39.24s; Dist-¾, 1½

2010-WINNER-CANFORD CLIFFS 3-9-00 Owner-Heffer Syndicate, Susan Roy & Mrs Instance; Trainer-Richard Hannon;
Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-11/4 Jt Fav
2ND-Dick Turpin 3-9-00 Owner-John Manley; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-5/1

3RD-Hearts Of Fire 3-9-00 Owner-Pat Eddery Racing (Detroit); Trainer-Pat Eddery; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-33/1

9 ran; Time-1m 39.55s; Dist-1, ¾ 11/4 Jt Fav Makfi (7th)

2009- WINNER-MASTERCRAFTSMAN 3-9-00 Owner-Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-5/6 Fav
2ND-Delegator 3-9-00 Owner-Poilin Good; Trainer-Brian Meehan; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-4/1

3RD-Lord Shanakill 3-9-00 Owner: Mogeely Stud & Mark Gittins; Trainer: Karl Burke; Jockey-Jim Crowley; SP-20/1

10 ran; Time: 1m 39.21s; Dist-nk, 1½

2008-WINNER-HENRYTHENAVIGATOR 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh;
SP-4/7 Fav
2ND-Raven’s Pass 3-9-00 Owner-Stonerside Stable LLC; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-7/1

3RD-Twice Over 3-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Henry Cecil; Jockey-Ted Durcan; SP-8/1

8 ran, Time-1m 38.7s, Dist-¾, 2½

2007-WINNER-EXCELLENT ART 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-8/1

2ND-Duke Of Marmalade 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Michael Kinane;

3RD-Astronomer Royal 3-9-00 Owner-Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-
Colm O’Donoghue; SP-14/1

8 ran, Time-1m 39.33s, Dist-nk, 1¼ Evens Fav Cockney Rebel (5th)

2006-WINNER-ARAAFA 3-9-00 Owner-Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar; Trainer-Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Alan Munro;
2ND-Stormy River 3-9-00 Owner-Ecurie Mister Ess AS; Trainer-Nicolas Clement FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-7/2
3RD-Ivan Denisovich 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Mr & Mrs Irving Cowan; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE;
Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-13/2
11 ran, Time-1m 39.59s, Dist-2, 1¾

2005-WINNER-SHAMARDAL 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Kerrin McEvoy; SP-7/4 Fav
2ND-Ad Valorem 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-8/1

3RD-Oratorio 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-6/1

8 ran, Time-1m 37.18s Dist-3, 1¾ (run at York)

2004-WINNER-AZAMOUR 3-9-00 Owner-H H Aga Khan; Trainer-John Oxx IRE; Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-9/2
2ND-Diamond Green 3-9-00 Owner-Lagardere Family; Trainer-Andre Fabre FR; Jockey-Gary Stevens; SP-10/1

3RD-Antonius Pius 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-7/1

11 ran, Time-1m 39.02s Dist-nk, ¾ 6/4 Fav Haafhd (4th)

2003-WINNER-ZAFEEN 3-9-00 Owner-Jaber Abdullah; Trainer-Mick Channon; Jockey-Darryll Holland; SP-8/1

2ND-Kalaman 3-9-00 Owner H H Aga Khan; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-5/2 Fav
3RD-Martillo 3-9-00 Owner-Gestut Hony-Hof; Trainer-Ralf Suerland GER; Jockey-William Mongil; SP-12/1

11 ran, Time-1m 39.91s Dist-1, 3