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Talking Horses: Wichita can see off Pinatubo in classic Royal Ascot clash

Wichita, narrowly denied in the 2,000 Guineas, can gain compensation in the big race on the final day of Royal Ascot

Wichita (3.00) was denied victory in the 2,000 Guineas by mere inches. The Irish colt can gain compensation in the St James’s Palace Stakes, the big race on the final day of Royal Ascot.

Arizona had seemed to be Aidan O’Brien’s main contender but the market spoke in favour of Wichita and we saw why on the track. Pinatubo hit a flat spot at a crucial stage and may be better for the run but Wichita looks one to stick with and it would be a surprise if the form were reversed. Palace Pier has to be respected, as an unbeaten improver from the rampant John Gosden yard.

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