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Royal Ascot 2016: horse-by-horse guide to St James’s Palace Stakes

The Gurkha is the favourite as eight horses line up for the feature event of the Flat season’s centrepiece meeting on Tuesday

Only defeat came on debut in October, since when he has improved for each race and won Irish 2,000 Guineas last time, by two and a half lengths from Galileo Gold. Benefited from run of the race that day, getting a clear run while his rival met trouble, but travelled smoothly and may well have won in any case. Ground was very testing that day and risk he could be found out on a faster surface but recent rain will ensure there is some give underfoot this time.

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