Notable Speech Set for Return at Royal Ascot

2,000 Guineas winner Notable Speech is expected to make his return to action at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes. It will be his first appearance since he became a British Classic winner at Newmarket.

The unbeaten colt is one of trainer Charlie Appleby’s leading chances of having a winner at the royal meeting this year. Appleby will be hoping the son of Dubawi steps up again on the fourth appearance of his career.

Guineas Winner to Stay Over a Mile

The entry into the St James’s Palace Stakes suggests connections of the Godolphin-owned runner want to keep their horse over the distance of 1m this season. He is the +150 favorite in the horse racing betting online for the day one contest at Royal Ascot.

Notable Speech is set to meet Rosallion, who finished second behind him in the 2,000 Guineas, in the three-year-old contest at the Berkshire racecourse. The Guineas runner-up is now a Classic winner himself after prevailing in Ireland, and he is +225 in the Royal Ascot odds to reverse the form with his rival and land the Group One contest.

Appleby has also given his Newmarket hero an entry in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in July. That Group One race over 1m is likely to be his first test in open-age company. 

Ballydoyle Duo Bidding to Help O’Brien Extend His Record

Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien holds the record for the most victories in the St James’s Palace Stakes, as he has been successful nine times, including in 2023 when Paddington prevailed in impressive style.

O’Brien is set to saddle Henry Longfellow and River Tiber this year, two horses who both have strong claims for the Ballydoyle team. Henry Longfellow is likely to be the choice of retained rider Ryan Moore. He rode the horse to victory in the Group One Vincent O’Brien National Stakes last season.

Royal Ascot will be Henry Longfellow’s second run of the season. He finished in midfield in the French 2,000 Guineas at Longchamp on his opening start of the campaign. O’Brien will be expecting his horse to take a big step forward at the royal meeting.

River Tiber was successful in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2023. He stepped up to 1m for the first time in his career in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last month, finishing a respectable third place behind Rosallion and Haatem respectively. That run has given O’Brien enough encouragement that his colt should remain over the same distance at Royal Ascot.

Darlinghurst Set to Represent France

France’s sole entry in this year’s St James’s Palace Stakes is Darlinghurst. The son of Dark Angel has won all four of his starts in 2024, with his latest triumph coming at Chantilly in the Group Three Prix de Guiche.

Sendawar was the last French-trained horse to win the St James’s Palace Stakes when he prevailed for Alain de Royer-Dupré in 1999. There is strong confidence within France that this latest colt can add his name to the roll of honor at the royal meeting.

The 2024 St James’s Palace Stakes takes place on June 18, and it will be one of three Group One races on the opening day of Royal Ascot 2024.