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Wednesday 16th August 2017

Barney Roy to Make Amends

Richard Hannon hopes to see his rising star Barney Roy 'make amends' for defeat in the Eclipse at Sandown when he goes for next week's Juddmonte International at York.

Barney Roy
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Barney Roy

The Godolphin-owned colt, winner of the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, was a fast-finishing second to Ulysses in last month's Sandown Group One, his first run beyond a mile.

There were plenty that questioned Barney Roy's ability to get the trip, but having appeared in some trouble he stayed on powerfully and looked like he would have claimed Ulysses in another few strides.

The pair are on track to meet again on the Knavesmire next week, with Barney Roy 11/4 to have his revenge and Sir Michael Stoute's charge rated a 4/1 chance to add to his tally.

Hannon reports Barney Roy to be in fine fettle and he now appears much more relaxed about the mile-and-a-quarter trip.

"I'm very happy with him and we're all set for York," Hannon told At The Races.

"It was a fantastic run in the Eclipse. It proved that he gets the trip and that he's tough. Hopefully he can go to York and make amends."

Also in the mix for York is 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill3/1 to win the Juddmonte International for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

He pipped Barney Roy to win the Newmarket Classic in May but that form was soundly reversed at Royal Ascot the following month.

Churchill was set to go for the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last month over a mile but heavy rain turned the ground soft and he was a late withdrawal. O'Brien has this week declared it is his intention to Churchill in the York ten-furlong contest, which will be his first attempt beyond a mile.