Richard Hannon has said that he is looking forward to have another go at beating Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Churchill with Barney Roy in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
On his third run in the Classic, Barney Roy finished an impressive one-length second to Aidan O’Brien’s colt, especially considering the fact he had trouble in running.
Speaking last week Hannon said, “Barney Roy has come out really well from that run and with a stronger pace he would have finished much closer. The mile at Ascot is right up his street and I can see him putting it up to Churchill in a big way.”
Barney Roy will be at the forefront of a strong Ascot team for Hannon with Oh This Is Us and Kool Kompany on course for the Queen Anne Stakes after finishing third and fourth respectively at the Diomed Stakes at Epson behind Sovereign Debt.
Speaking to his website, Hannon said, “They both had traffic problems at Epsom but both ran very well. The plan is to head to Ascot and off a strong pace they should both be right there”.
His yard will also be well represented in the juvenile races with Woodcote Stakes winner De Bruyne Horse in the Coventry Stakes together with Denaar.
“He is a progressive sort and won well at Epsom in spite of the track. He has come out of the Woodcote in great form and continues to take everything in his stride. He is a horse that is still learning his trade and should improve again next time,” said Hannon.
In regards to Denaar he said, “Denaar showed he was very tough at Newbury and that run will have brought him on a lot mentally. I would expect him to improve and run a big race.”