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'Pinatubo was one of the highest-rated two-year-olds we’d seen in years'. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

'Pinatubo was one of the highest-rated two-year-olds we’d seen in years'. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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'Pinatubo was one of the highest-rated two-year-olds we’d seen in years'. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The inaugural St James's Palace Stakes winner was Plenipotentiary (1834) - although to say he won it is a little inaccurate as the race became a walkover when his main rival of the day, Glencoe, was withdrawn. 

More recently, the 2011 race could nearly have been declared a walkover had we known just how good Frankel would turn out to be, though that win over Zoffany at 3/10 wasn't one of his more exceptional performances.

Like Frankel, Pinatubo was one of the highest-rated two-year-olds we'd seen in years - but with Pinatubo just third on his return in the 2,000 Guineas, the St James's Palace Stakes (3.0 Ascot) looks quite open, and Guineas runner-up Wichita is vying for favouritism.