St James's Palace Stakes Result: Most Improved takes dramatic renewal

Brian Meehan: The winning trainer in the St James's Palace Stakes
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Most Improved ran out a ready winner of the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot...

Always travelling strongly, the three-year-old ran to the lead in the home straight and kept tight to the rail...

The Brian Meehan-trained runner suffered an early-season setback that ruled him out of the Craven Stakes and subsequently the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

He had no luck in running in the French Derby at Chantilly earlier this month, but he suffered no such trouble on this occasion in the hands of Kieren Fallon.

Always travelling strongly, the three-year-old ran to the lead in the home straight and kept tight to the rail.

Hermival and Gregorian came at him inside the final furlong, but Most Improved comfortably held the pair off to score by three-quarters of a length and a head.

There was drama rounding the home turn as the well-fancied The Nile went badly wrong and fell back quickly through the field, causing interference to a number of those in behind.

But Most Improved stayed out of trouble and never looked in serious danger of being caught all the way up the long home straight.

Born To Sea came home well down the outside of the field to claim fourth, but Irish 2,000 Guineas winner and favourite Power never threatened.

The Sussex Stakes over a mile at Goodwood could be next on the agenda for Most Improved, who may take on Frankel, winner of the Queen Anne Stakes earlier on the card.

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