Gleneagles boosted beyond belief for St James’s Palace Stakes

There will be few doubting Gleneagles’ stature as the premier three-year-old miler in Europe should he add the St James’s Palace Stakes to his duel 2000 Guineas wins in England and Ireland this season.

Ladbrokes certainly make Aidan O’Brien’s stable star the stand out prospect for Royal Ascot’s opening-day showpiece, pricing the multi-Group-1 winner up at 1/2 against a field of five competitors.

Those odds may not appeal to many looking to land a get-rich-quick scheme, but new customers with the bookmaker aren’t in that boat.

Anyone registering for a new Ladbrokes account, either online or via mobile, is eligible to back the Ballydole sensation at an incredible 5/1 with their first bet.*

That price boost is available from right now until the off, with winnings paid out as free-bet tokens within 24 hours of the race concluding.

A maximum stake of £10 is placed on the offer, but with Gleneagles finishing first past the post in each of his last seven appearances, the kind of generosity Ladbrokes are offering cannot be sniffed at.

In taking the 2000 Guineas at both Newmarket and the Curragh, O’Brien’s colt has shown a varying degree of skill.

He blazed a trail on the path to glory in Suffolk on his favoured quick ground, before following up with a more staunch showing in slower conditions in Ireland.

With the going expected to be back to his liking at Ascot, Gleneagles looks a formidable prospect to get O’Brien off to a pleasant start, despite the presence of French 2000 Guineas winner Make Believe, who has been supplemented for his St James’s Palace Stakes entry.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.