Royal Ascot day one: Lucky Vega can storm the Palace for Harrington | Greg Wood

By: Greg Wood Tuesday 15 June 2021

The Irish colt can grab the main prize on the opening day of British Flat racing’s most prestigious meeting

A Classic winner and third, several Guineas flops with obvious potential to bounce back and two up-and-comers from the Heron Stakes combine to make Tuesday’s renewal of the St James’s Palace Stakes the most open for nearly two decades.

Poetic Flare is the marginal favourite overnight after a battling performance to win the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and then a return to form in the Irish equivalent last time. He was just half-a-length in front of Lucky Vega (4.20) at Newmarket, however, and Jessica Harrington’s colt, who is likely to head to stud in Australia after the race on Tuesday, is the pick of the prices at around 7-1 to retire as a dual Group One winner.

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Thirsk 1.05 Cardiff 1.40 Mutanaaseq 2.10 Tricorn 2.45 Motawaajed 3.20 Midnite Bridge 3.55 Trinity Lake 4.30 Asjad 5.10 Albegone

Stratford
1.20 Princess Ruby 1.50 Nye Bevan 2.20 Sir Tivo 2.55 Hooper 3.30 Mackie Dee 4.05 Gregor

Royal Ascot
2.30 Palace Pier 3.05 Berkshire Shadow 3.40 Winter Power 4.20 Lucky Vega (nb) 5.00 Elysian Flame (nap) 5.35 Solid Stone 6.10 Arthurian Fable

Beverley
5.30 Neat And Dandy 6.05 Desert Dream 6.40 Judicial 7.10 Kylie Rules 7.40 Motorious 8.10 Act Of Magic 8.40 Elusive Heights

Brighton
5.45 Big Time Maybe 6.20 Amber Dew 6.50 Shoot To Kill 7.20 Elvic 7.50 Keeper 8.20 Regulator 8.50 Bahia Star

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