Royal Ascot 2024: Rosallion rules roost for Hannon in St James’s Palace Stakes

Last Updated: June 20, 2024By

Roaring Victory at St. James’s Palace Stakes

On Tuesday, something electrifying happened at the St James’s Palace Stakes, where Notable Speech, the undefeated favorite, finally met its match. Richard Hannon’s unwavering belief in his colt Rosallion paid off with a thrilling victory by a neck, stealing the spotlight on day one of the royal gathering. Hannon, beaming with pride, remarked, “Sometimes, you give these horses names they don’t quite live up to. But not this lad. He’s never let me down.”


Rosallion, previously trailing Notable Speech by a length-and-a-half in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, defied the odds at 5-2 against Notable Speech’s 6-4. Despite the Irish equivalent win, skepticism lingered. Yet, as Rosallion surged ahead with Sean Levey in the saddle, doubts evaporated. Levey, brimming with confidence, praised Rosallion’s resilience and tactical prowess, foreseeing even greater triumphs.

The Sussex Stakes at Goodwood now beckons Rosallion, with odds narrowing to 5-4, a testament to his growing prowess. As anticipation mounts, Hannon looks forward to witnessing Rosallion’s continued ascent, a testament to the dedication of the entire team.


Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere’s dominance at Ascot’s King Charles III Stakes underscored the global allure of racing. Henry Dwyer’s mare, showcasing remarkable improvement, triumphed over Regional, with Big Evs not far behind, adding a touch of international flair to the festivities.

The Unstoppable Auguste Rodin

Looking ahead to Wednesday’s action at Royal Ascot, the spotlight shines on Auguste Rodin, last year’s Derby champion. Despite recent setbacks, his pedigree and past victories speak volumes, making him a formidable contender in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. Aidan O’Brien’s skillful training and Rodin’s return to form hint at a thrilling showdown and a potential fifth victory for O’Brien in this prestigious race.


Elsewhere on the card, Ultima Grace in the Queen Mary and Rogue Millennium in the Ascot Stakes promise excitement and unpredictability, adding layers of intrigue to an already captivating event.

In the grand tapestry of Royal Ascot, each race, each contender, and each triumph or setback contributes to the rich narrative of passion, skill, and the timeless allure of thoroughbred racing. As the sun sets on each day, memories are made, champions crowned, and dreams ignited, echoing the timeless spirit of the turf.

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