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Barney Roy is never going to have sons and daughters to carry his flame but when he is retired will leave plenty of happy memories.
Retired to Dalham Hall Stud at the end of the 2017 after his productive three-year-old career, he proved infertile as a stallion and after being gelded he returned to training in 2019.
Not all racehorses would be able to pick up from where they left off after such a change of vocation but Barney Roy has chalked up four more wins – two of them in Group 1 company in Germany in 2020. He was also third in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Three years earlier he had 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 – including when finishing a length second to Churchill in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. The handsome colt, who had won the Greenham on his return, 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. “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.”
Barney Roy 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)
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.
Since resuming racing he has been trained by Charlie Appleby.