Thunder Moon hoping for huge improvement in the St James's Palace Stakes

Thunder Moon will be hoping to bounce back in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot after a dismal performance in the 2000 Guineas.

Thunder Moon will be hoping to bounce back in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot after a dismal performance in the 2000 Guineas.

Joseph O'Brien's charge went off an 11/2 chance at Newmarket but trailed home last of the 14 runners.

St James's Palace Stakes, which is for three-year-old colts, usually brings together the Guineas formlines along with those who missed the Classics for one reason or another.

"Thunder Moon obviously disappointed at Newmarket, so we've put a line through that run. We had an eye on the Irish Guineas but when the ground looked like it was going to be soft - which it was - we rerouted to go to Ascot and his preparation has gone well," O'Brien told Nick Luck's Daily Podcast.

"Nothing really came to light other than the fact he got very upset pre-race, we didn't have much of an excuse. He's been well since, unfortunately these things happen and we've just put a line through it.

"There's always the possibility (that he hasn't trained on) but his work has been nice at home. He's always been a sharp worker and his work has been good in preparation for this race. You never know until they do it on the track and that is where it matters.

"I think it's a suitable race, a relatively easy mile compared to the Curragh, it's certainly easier than that, so it looks a good race for him. I think he goes there with an outside chance, certainly a good chance if he can get back to his best form."