2022 St James Palace Stakes Betting Odds at Ascot racecourse

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Royal Ascot is packed full of brilliant races and that includes the St James’ Palace Stakes, with this race having been won by the formidable Frankel in 2011 and, more recently, Circus Maximus in 2019. It’s a renewal that tends to take place on the first day of the meeting and it’s one of the highlights on the Tuesday card.

This is a Royal Ascot encounter for three year-olds and the distance is just shy of a mile, with seven furlongs and 213 yards the official distance, with a purse of over £500,000 now available in prize money and it’s a race which attracts many talented horses.

The History of the St James’s Palace Stakes

St James’s Palace was a royal residence during the Tudor period, with this continuing to be the most senior royal palace in the United Kingdom. It was built by order of Henry VIII in the 1530’s, with the race having been inaugurated as long ago as 1834.

The race has been a Group 1 affair since 1988, with many of the leading contenders having come directly from the 2,000 Guineas which has previously been run during the Flat season each year. Indeed, it’s not uncommon to find the winner of the latter race lining up in this encounter at Royal Ascot.

Mick Kinane is currently the leading jockey when it comes to successes, landing six victories in the St James’s Palace Stakes, with the rider triumphing on Rock of Gibraltar and Giant’s Causeway among other runners.

Aidan O’Brien has experienced an enormous amount of success in this race and Circus Maximus was his eighth winner in 2019, having also earned wins with Excellent Art and Mastercraftsman among other runners.

Circus Maximus was an Irish thoroughbred winner, with the horse having previously won the Dee Stakes at Chester before claiming a Royal Ascot win and then landing a victory in the Prix du Moulin, while he was also second in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

How to Bet on the St James’s Palace Stakes

The 2019 renewal of the St James’s Palace Stakes saw eleven runners line up and we should generally expect a similar number of horse each year, with that leading to relatively favourable each-way terms. If there are between eight and fifteen horses lining up in a race, then you can usually get ¼ odds for the first three places.

Therefore an each-way bet is possible and many punted Circus Maximus at 10/1 from an each-way perspective as that would have returned a handsome profit if the horse had landed second or third, although a victory meant a pay-out on the win and place part of the bet.

Alternatively, you can bet on the nose for this race which is just a straight stake on the winner, while there’s also the option with some bookies to simply back a horse to place in the race.

There are reverse forecast bets available where you aim to predict the first two in any order, while there is also straight forecast and tricast betting which can be a straight tricast and a reverse tricast.