Without Parole maintains perfect record in St James’s Palace Stakes

Wed 20 Jun 2018

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By Racinguk.com staff

Without Parole claimed his fourth victory from as many starts with a clear-cut success in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

John Gosden’s Frankel colt completed his hat-trick in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown last month, but faced a significant step up in class for this Group One test, with 2000 Guineas runner-up Tip Two Win and Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Romanised among his rivals.

US Navy Flag cut out much of the running, but his early exertions were starting to take their toll racing inside the final two furlongs and 9-4 favourite Without Parole quickened up to lead in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

Gustav Klimt came from further back and attempted to close the gap, but Without Parole was always doing enough to hold him at bay. French challenger Wootton narrowly beat Tip To Win to third place.

Gosden and Dettori were completing big-race doubles on the day, having earlier teamed up to land the Coventry Stakes with 2-1 favourite Calyx.

Gosden said: "US Navy Flag had gone, and Frankie said, 'I had to go after him - I was frightened he had got three lengths, and in the end I went a bit soon'. Then of course with Aidan there is another arrow at your back - there always is another arrow.

"But look, Without Parole is a grand horse. There were no hiding places in that race. It was proper, proper Group One pace. I think he is still on the up and still learning. At the moment he has a bigger middle than me, which is not a good thing in a racehorse.

"I think he could stay at a mile or go up. I think he was green on the bend and Frankie was having to say, 'come on old boy, come on old boy'. He's so lazy at home. I've never seen a horse eat and sleep like it, which is a great, great thing in a racehorse. I think he will improve, he'll get sharper and I think he will get a little further too."

Owner/breeder John Gunther said: "It is a dream come true. In all the 20 years I have been coming to Royal Ascot, my dream was just to have a horse run at Royal Ascot. Then we start in a Group One and do it; I don't know what to say.

"This does mean more (breeding Triple Crown winner Justify) and always will. This was the most important and means everything to me. To be able to mate the mare to Frankel and Juddmonte giving me that nomination even though the mare was unproven. To go through all that and then watch Without Parole being raised as a yearling was so special.

"The mare had not proven herself but, after we bred her to Frankel, she got her Group One winner (Tamarkuz) and proved herself. Juddmonte allowing me to bred that mare to Frankel meant everything, believe me, because I love Frankel so much.

"John Gosden and Frankie. What a team They are unbelievable."

Dettori was recording his 58th success at the Royal Meeting and said: "I had to move because Ryan Moore in front is always very dangerous and then when I got to him, I looked up and thought 'oh, I still have a furlong to go, I'm a sitting duck here.'

"In fairness, Without Parole answered every call of mine. He has only run four times and to do what he did was great. Without Parole is a lovely horse with a big future.

"Without Parole travelled well but a furlong and a half out I was out in front on my own with no-one to help me.

"I wish I had somebody to keep me company, but that race made a man of him and what a horse he is - this is the first proper race he has had.

Without Parole - Tanya Gunther - Royal Ascot 2018 - FocusonRacing An emotional Tanya Gunther with Without Parole, whoi she bred (Focusonracing)

"To have a double was great. It is something you dream of. They were two really good rides and when you win on one you are happy, but to win on both is a great start for the Gosden team."

Dettori rides hot favourite Cracksman in tomorrow's Prince of Wales's Stakes and the Italian rider added: "I'm looking forward to riding him and he seems in good form at home."

Tip Two Win promised to be one of the fairytale horses of the meeting, having finished runner-up in the Qipco 2000 Guineas for the relatively small stable of Roger Teal.

Disappointed, but not downbeat, Teal said: "The race didn't quite go to plan and we were further back than we wanted to be, and he had a lot of ground to make up. We were mindful of the stiffer mile here at Ascot and David (Probert) gave him a bit of cover to help him to settle, but they went a crazy early pace which did not help.

"The winner is a good horse and we take nothing away from him, but we still have a nice horse of our own - he was only touched off for third in the shadow of the post. It was disappointing, but we'll dust ourselves off. We might drop him back to seven furlongs, but we'll have to see.

Wootton was ridden by Mickael Barzalona in the colours of Godolphin and trained by Henri-Alex Pantall, who said of the colt: "He was rather tense and too keen early on. He had a few little traffic problems, but it didn't help with the way he raced."

Barzalona confirmed he had not got the best of runs during the race, and added: "However, I would not have beaten the winner."

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