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Barney Roy proved himself a top-class performer at up to a mile and a quarter in 2017 when he contested no fewer than five QIPCO British Champions Series races for Richard Hannon.
He won one of them, the St James’s Palace Stakes, and was placed in three more and should be forgiven his one below-par effort, when ninth of ten in the QIPCO Champions Stakes at Ascot in October, as he was possibly feeling the effects of his campaign and almost certainly found the heavy ground too testing.
It was then hoped he would have a fruitful time as a stallion at Dalham Hall Stud but, having proved infertile, he has resumed racing in 2019 under the wing of Charlie Appleby – winning a Listed race at ParisLongchamp in may before finishing eighth in the Queen Anne Stakes.
Barney Roy looked a good prospect when winning his sole start as a two-year-old, at Haydock in late September, and confirmed that when landing the JLT Greenham Stakes on his reappearance at Newbury.
On only his third start he finished a length second to Churchill in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and the handsome colt might have given the winner more to think about had he not stumbled running into the Dip and meeting a bit of interference.
“Why are you all looking so sad for, nobody died,” trainer Hannon said when a small group of media approached him after Barney Roy’s narrow defeat in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. “He’s finished second in the Guineas and it’s marvellous. It would have been better if he’d won but he’s a good horse and he’s proved that.
“I am very proud of him. He ran a good race, but he stumbled coming into the Dip, mainly through a little inexperience, but he has run a super race.”
The Excelebration colt went a long way to proving that on his next start, in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, when he won in determined style with Churchill back in fourth (watch below)
After the win in the St James’s Palace Stakes, he said: “I was frustrated after the Guineas because he was a little inexperienced – that was what beat him. He nodded going into the Dip, lost his stride, and I thought he had broken down. To his credit he quickened up against horses that were already quickening, while Churchill got a lovely run, which was well executed by them.
“I felt that a flatter track here, without any undulations, would play to his strengths. James [Doyle] came down and rode him around a right-hand bend at Kempton last week, and he worked brilliantly on Sunday, and it’s all paid off.”
Barney Roy enhanced his reputation when beaten a nose by Ulysses in a thrilling Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. He rallied tenaciously and, in another stride or two, would have prevailed.
He also lost little in defeat when third in the Juddmonte International, when a couple of lengths adrift of Ulysses.
Again, he might have done even better had he and old rival Churchill not locked horns some way from home. The impression was that the pair had rather softened each other up and left themselves vulnerable to the classy winner.
Barney Roy had danced every dance until that stage and Hannon had hoped he would stay in training as a four-year-old.
However, after his one subdued effort, two months later on Champions Day, it was announced he had run his final race and that he would be retired to stud.
Now, having missed a year, he s back.