Coroebus wins a tightly contested St James's Palace Stakes
Charlie Appleby’s 2000 Guineas winner Coroebus just held on to add the St James’s Palace Stakes to his record.
The three-year-old got a gap up the rail at just the right time, just as William Buick might have been forgiven for starting to panic.
However, once he found a passage the 10-11 favourite failed to quicken away like he had done in the Guineas, as Lusail stuck to his guns gamely and My Prospero was only narrowly behind in third.
The unlucky one, though, was Maljoom, who got no run from the back of the pack and ended up in front two strides after the line, so fast did he finish.
Buick said: “You have to enjoy these good horses and I’m privileged to get on these good horses, but at the same time it’s a case of getting the job done.
“It was one of those races where it was tricky. He had a good draw, but a good draw can turn into a bad draw very quickly. He travelled so strong and I just wanted him to drop his head.
“In the straight I had no option to go when I did and I got a lovely run through. He’s a very good horse.
“You are supposed to enjoy it but you do want to get the job done.”
Appleby said: “We knew coming into today it would be a different style of a race. I just wish the pace had been stronger.
“On the turn it allowed him to get a breather but his class and determination got us over the line.
“We’ll have discussions about the future, but the Sussex (Stakes) is there as an option and the Prix Jacques le Marois is another.
“I’m sure a clash with Baaeed is something that we’d all need to discuss, but Sheikh Mohammed never shies away from a challenge.”