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Barney Roy established himself as a top-class performer at up to a mile and a quarter in 2017 and should be forgiven his one below-par effort, when ninth of ten in the QIPCO Champions Stakes at Ascot in October as he almost certainly found the heavy ground too testing.
On just his third start he finished a length second to Churchill yqscqxywebbwwin the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and the handsome Richard Hannon-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,” Hannon said when a small group of media approached him. “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 that’s what we came here to prove 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.”
There were no sad faces in the Hannon camp after his next start, in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, when Barney Roy won and Churchill finished fourth.
Hannon said afterwards: “We felt he was unlucky in the Guineas, and if he was unlucky he would win today, and so it proved. We have massive respect for Churchill, and I don’t think he has run his true race today, but we were there to take advantage.
“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.”
He also lost little in defeat when third in the Juddmonte International, when a couple of lengths adrift of Ulysses.
As a two-year-old, he won his only start, over a mile at Haydock, in good style. Then, on his return as a three-year-old, he again impressed when landing the Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
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