O’Brien, Moore Make It An Opening Day Double In St. James’s Palace

Trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore teamed up for their second win Tuesday when Circus Maximus crossed the line first in Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes for 3-year-olds at Royal Ascot. Earlier on the opening day card, the trainer-jockey combo won the G2 Coventry Stakes for 2-year-olds with Arizona.

Circus Maximus was prominent throughout the one-mile race, took up the lead about a furlong out and fended off a late rally from King of Comedy, who finished second. Race favorite Too Darn Hot, owned by musical theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, was third.

Circus Maximus, co-owned by Flaxman Stables and Coolmore, is an Irish-bred son of Gallileo out of the Danehill Dancer mare Duntle. The colt won his third race from seven career starts in the St. James’s Palace. He last ran at 1 1/2 miles in the Investec Derby but cut back in this race to the mile.

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