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Royal Ascot hero Barney Roy has run his final race

17 Nov 2017

The Richard Hannon-trained colt ran in five QIPCO British Champions Series races in 2017

Barney Roy, on the far side, and Ulysses produced on of the great finishes of the season in the Coral-Eclipse. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Barney Roy, who played a significant part in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series, has been retired to stud.

The Richard Hannon-trained colt won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and, either side of that success, finished runner-up in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and Coral-Eclipse Eclipse at Sandown.

On the latter occasion, he was pipped a nose by Ulysses in one of the most thrilling finishes of the summer.

Barney Roy was also third in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York in August before signing off with a disappointing ninth place behind Cracksman in last month’s QIPCO Champion Stakes. He will now stand at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £10,000.

“Barney Roy is by far the best colt I have trained and the most athletic horse I have seen,” Hannon told www.darleyeurope.com. “We look forward to seeing his yearlings at the sales.”

Sam Bullard, director of Darley stallions, added: “Barney Roy was the leading miler of his generation, and ran with great credit over ten furlongs too. If his stock inherit his zestful way of running and ferocious tenacity in the finish, they will surely do well.”