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EXCITED Roger Teal is confident Tip Two Win can serve it up to the big boys in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

The John Gosden-trained Without Parole is favourite but Teal is hoping his star can back up his 2000 Guineas effort with another bold run.

 Tip Two Win went off at 50-1 win in the 2000 Guineas

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Tip Two Win went off at 50-1 win in the 2000 Guineas

His trainer believes another reproduction of his Newmarket effort would put him right in the mix come the closing stages of the Group 1.

Teal said: “We’re very excited. All the work is done and now we’re just waiting for the day to arrive.

“He’s drawn in stall eight, which I don’t think is a disaster. It would have been worse to be drawn in stall 10.

“The horse seems in very good form and if he can reproduce his performance at Newmarket, then he must have every chance.”

 Without Parole was a workmanlike winner at Listed level last time out

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Without Parole was a workmanlike winner at Listed level last time out

Teal believes the smaller stables would never have short-priced favourites on the big stage.

He added: “I suppose it’s down to fashion. The big stables are more fashionable than small yards like ours, who don’t often win Group Ones.


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“The quick ground will suit him and if he stays the stiff mile, then hopefully he’ll be right there at the end.”

Without Parole claimed his third win from as many starts in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown last month, but faces a big step up in class.

Gosden said: “The formline of Tip Two Win – he beat a Derby winner (Masar) in the Guineas – is the best three-year-old form in Europe. You’ve got an Irish Classic winner (Romanised) in there, so to that extent I don’t understand why our horse is favourite.

“He is a progressive horse, but they set the standard and the bar pretty high. He went to Sandown on a minimum of work. I still think those horses that have performed at Group One level over a mile are ahead of him.

“This horse is still learning a lot about life as he only had one run as a two-year-old. He is more on the curve up and he hasn’t achieved what others have yet.”

 Frankie Dettori missed Royal Ascot last year due to injury

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Frankie Dettori missed Royal Ascot last year due to injury

Frankie Dettori has ridden Without Parole to each of his two victories this season and is looking forward to getting back on board.

He said: “It looks an excellent St James’s Palace and he will have to step up, but he is a Frankel colt and he is very exciting.”

Romanised represents the best of the Irish form, having caused a 25-1 upset in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

His trainer Ken Condon said: “All the checks and balances are done and we’re looking forward to the challenge.

“We’ve been very happy with him since the Curragh. We haven’t had to do much with him, but he seems in very good form.

“It looks like we’re going to get quick ground, which is good, and if he gets a bit of luck in running and a clean trip, hopefully he’ll deliver another very good performance.”

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