Racing: First day of Royal Ascot - Tuesday, June 16

Gleneagles, hot tip for the St James' Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Healey/PA Wire
Gleneagles, hot tip for the St James' Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Photo: Pat Healey/PA Wire

Gleneagles can confirm his position as the champion three-year-old miler in Europe by adding the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot to his victories in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge blitzed to victory at Newmarket when having his favoured fast ground and then showed he had resolution to match his class when overcoming slower conditions to double up at the Curragh.

His win over Endless Drama on his home soil may not have impressed everyone but with the going likely to be in his favour in Berkshire, the real Gleneagles should be seen.

It is likely to be a real test, however, as he is being taken on by Make Believe. Connections of the Andre Fabre-trained colt sportingly stumped up the cash to supplement the French 2000 Guineas winner for this race.

It will not be a two-horse either, with the unexposed Consort an intriguing contender, but Gleneagles looks a class apart.

The cream of the older milers are gathered for what promises to be a vintage renewal of the Queen Anne Stakes.

While having the greatest respect for Hong Kong ace Able Friend and last year’s 2000 Guineas hero Night Of Thunder, this looks the right opportunity for Solow to continue his rise.

Freddy Head has always held the grey in the highest esteem but just felt he needed plenty of time to reach his potential.

The French trainer’s faith has certainly been rewarded with Solow chalking up six wins in a row.

His last two victories have come in Group Ones. His demolition of The Grey Gatsby in the Dubai Turf in Meydan was a sight to behold, while he won the Prix d’Ispahan with the minimum of fuss at Longchamp last month.

Mecca’s Angel can strike a blow for the north by winning the King’s Stand Stakes for County Durham trainer Michael Dods.

* Selections -

Royal Ascot: 2.30 Solow, 3.05 Round Two, 3.40 MECCA’S ANGEL (NAP), 4.20 Gleneagles, 5.00 Clondaw Warrior, 5.30 Soapy Aitken.

Thirsk: 2.20 Dutch Mist, 2.55 Secret City, 3.30 Kommander Kirkup, 4.05 Forest Maiden, 4.45 Sea The Skies, 5.20 Gathurst, 5.50 Indastar.

Beverley: 6.15 Champagne City, 6.45 Sharqeyih, 7.15 Multi Grain, 7.45 Graceland, 8.15 Another Wise Kid, 8.45 Tin Pan Alley.

Brighton: 6.00 Ecliptic Sunrise, 6.30 Whitman, 7.00 Taro Tywod, 7.30 Idle Talker, 8.00 Live Dangerously, 8.30 New Rich, 9.00 Maymyo.

Stratford: 2.10 Potters Midnight, 2.45 Mighty Leader, 3.20 Thepartysover, 3.55 Little Pop, 4.35 Thoresby, 5.10 Vaillant Nonantais.

Double: Mecca’s Angel and Gleneagles.