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Gleneagles Wins Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes
At Royal Ascot in the UK, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO colt Gleneagles (Galileo-You'resothrilling, by Storm Cat) scored by 2.5-lengths for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore in the £375,000 Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes (8 furlongs) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts Latharnach (Iffraaj-Firth of Lorne, by Danehill) & Consort (Lope de Vega-Mundus Novus, by Unbridled's Song). This was an imperious display by the highly talented Gleneagles who took his record to 7 wins (including the Irish 2,000 Guineas, Gr1 English 2,000 Guineas & Gr1 National Stakes) from 9 starts for £899,511 earnings. Speaking to Racing Post after the race, trainer Aidan O'Brien described Gleneagles as potentially the best miler that his Ballydoyle stable has ever produced. "I am delighted," he said. "He is a horse who takes everything in his stride. For me is very like Giant's Causeway but he has more speed than Giant's Causeway. This horse will relax and quicken and that is what makes him a little bit different. I don't think we have ever had a miler as good as him." The comparison with Giant's Causeway is an interesting one, as Gleneagles is closely related to him being out of a full-sister to the 7-time Gr1 winner. The Gr1 Susses Stakes is a potential next target for Gleneagles who could clash with Queen Anne Stakes winner Solow.