St James's Palace Stakes
(British Champions Series)
Group 1, Ascot 16:20
£400,000 added,
3yo only, 7f 213y, Class 1   
Tuesday 20th June 2017

Mathematician Betting

1 Barney Roy 5/2
2 Lancaster Bomber 12/1
3 Thunder Snow 6/1
8 ran Distances: 1l, hd, 3¼l
Time: 1m 37.22s (fast by 1.88s)

Barney Roy wins for James Doyle & Richard Hannon

Barney Roy
© Racehorse Photos
Barney Roy

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation enjoyed a second winner on day one of Royal Ascot when Barney Roy landed the G1 St James's Palace Stakes.
The win followed up success in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes for Godolphin's Ribchester, and in another course-record time - of 1m 37s - the third of the afternoon.
James Doyle rode the Richard Hannon-trained Barney Roy, a 5/2 shot, who emphatically turned the tables on Churchill, his conqueror in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Today Churchill (1/2 favourite)could do no better than fourth, as Barney Roy beat Lancaster Bomber and another Godolphin runner, Thunder Snow, by one length and a head.
Hannon said: "We felt he was unlucky in the Guineas [when stumbling in the dip], 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 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.
"I'm sure our horse will get further - he's in the Eclipse Stakes [10 furlongs] and the Arc [12 furlongs] - he takes time to pick up and he's very relaxed, but a horse having just his fourth race, and to beat a Guineas winner, is very good.
"We'll take him home, see how he is, and talk to Sheikh Mohammed. He's done nothing wrong over a mile, so don't get me wrong, but he will get further.
"You don't get another crack at the Guineas, but the season rolls on and he'll have a few chances along the way. We brought him here as a fresh horse, so didn't go to the Irish Guineas or anywhere else. That was what Sheikh Mohammed wanted, and he was dead right.
"It means everything to win this - we've had a lot of good milers through our hands, horses like Toronado, Olympic Glory and Sky Lantern, and when they leave there is a big hole in the yard, so we are frantically searching for the next one. We thought we had one, and after the Guineas we knew we had one - we just had to get the best out of him."


St James's Palace Stakes (Group 1)
£400,000 added, 3yo only, 7f 213y, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (4) Barney Roy 5/2 James Doyle
R Hannon 3
2nd (1) 1 Lancaster Bomber (USA) 12/1 D O'Brien
A P O'Brien 3
3rd (2) hd Thunder Snow (IRE) 6/1 C Soumillon
S bin Suroor 3
4th (5) Churchill (IRE) 1/2f R L Moore
A P O'Brien 3
5th (6) Forest Ranger (IRE) 33/1 T Hamilton
R A Fahey 3
6th (7) nk Rivet (IRE) 16/1 Andrea Atzeni
W J Haggas 3
7th (3) Mr Scaramanga 66/1 Harry Bentley
S Dow 3
8th (8) 43 Peace Envoy (FR) 33/1 J A Heffernan
A P O'Brien 3


A jubilant James Doyle was delighted to register another Group One victory after he partnered Barney Roy to a game success.
Second to Aidan O'Brien's Churchill in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last time, the three-year-old son of Excelebration reversed that form in no uncertain terms with a game length-victory in the mile event, with Churchill, the 1/2 favourite, trailing in a disappointing fourth.
Always well positioned by Doyle, the Godolphin-owned colt swooped to the lead inside the final furlong as he eventually mastered O'Brien's other runner in the contest, Lancaster Bomber, who finished a creditable length second.
Thunder Snow, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor and also owned by Godolphin, was a head further back in third.
Doyle was confident coming into the race that Barney Roy would improve for the experience gleaned from his 2000 Guineas run, and he was pleased with the colt's performance, who also broke the track record in a time of 1.37.22s.
He said: "That is only the fourth run of his life and he is still learning. In my mind, I just wanted to give him plenty of time to pick up and allow for that inexperience to kick in and he straightened up well and galloped all the way to the line.
"He has learnt a lot from the 2000 Guineas. We've done a few bits with him at home. I sat on him a couple of weeks ago at the Hannons' and then we took him to Kempton, more for the experience really.
"He is very babyish, but he is learning all the time and he has come out on top at the line. I knew that given a bit of time and some room, he would be motoring and he proved that today.
"I knew we could draw a line through the 2000 Guineas as that race was a complete mess. We knew he had an engine and it was just about channelling that in the right direction.
"I think he will learn so much that he will sharpen up with racing. He is going to get quicker and I am sure he is going to stay a mile and a quarter no doubt, but he is a pretty good miler at the minute. 
"It has been an up-and-down season, but when I knew I got the ride on this fella, I was pretty excited.
"He felt good at Newbury and then things did not go our way in the Guineas, but he proved there what a tough horse he is.
"The tack slipped a bit today which was a bit of a worry. I sat still for a bit and was able to get it back up there. It is bit never-racking because you can never tell how far it has gone back.
"I committed him off of the turn and he stuck at it really well. It was great. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it."
Doyle is an integral part of the Godolphin operation which was registering a double on the day following the victory of Richard Fahey's Ribchester in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes, and he was delighted to provide Godolphin founder Sheikh Mohammed with another big-race success.
He continued: "Today means everything. This is why I joined the team to ride big winners like this. To get one on a day like today with Sheikh Mohammed here makes me feel very proud. It's very important and there's a great sense of pride to ride him a proper Group One winner at Royal Ascot.
"Looking at Churchill's replays again and again, trying to find a chink in his armour, it did not look like there was. I thought he was either an outstanding horse who only does enough or he is just a good horse. Luckily, he is just a good horse and we have got one a bit better."
Lancaster Bomber, trained by Aidan O'Brien - also trainer of the beaten odds-on (1/2) favourite, Churchill, who finished fourth - was second, a length behind winner Barney Roy. The son of War Front was sent off at odds of 12/1.
His jockey Donnacha O'Brien said: "The lad ran well - he loved the ground."
Aidan O'Brien added: "He ran very well - that looked like it was his form. He ran a very solid race.
"Churchill [winner of both the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish 2000 Guineas] ran very well, but there we are. I don't think the ground was an issue. I don't have any plans for him."
Churchill was beaten four and a half lengths.
Ryan Moore, Churchill's jockey, said: "He was never comfortable. I'm not sure why."
Third, a head behind Lancaster Bomber, was Thunder Snow, winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas and Derby, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Christophe Soumillon.
Bin Suroor said: "I'm happy with him - he ran really well. I think he would be better with easy ground, but I'm happy with the way he ran."


Past Results

2016-WINNER-GALILEO GOLD 3-9-00 Owner-Al Shaqab Racing; Trainer-Hugo Palmer; Jockey-Frankie Dettori- SP-6/1
2ND-The Gurkha 3-9-00 Owner-Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-4/5 Fav
3RD-Awtaad 3-9-00 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-Kevin Prendergast IRE; Jockey-Chris Hayes; SP-5/2
7 ran; Time-1m 44.01s; Dist-11⁄4, 1⁄2

2015-WINNER-GLENEAGLES 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey- Ryan Moore; SP-8/15 Fav
2ND-Lathanarch 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Charlie Appleby; Jockey-William Buick; SP-25/1
3RD-Consort 3-9-00 Owner-Highclere Th’bred Racing (Hardwicke); Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-6/1
5 ran; Time-1m 38.86s; Dist-21⁄2, 1⁄2

2014-WINNER-KINGMAN 3-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-James Doyle; SP-8/11 Fav
2ND-Night Of Thunder 3-9-00 Owner-Saeed Manana; Trainer-Richard Hannon snr; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-3/1
3RD-Outstrip 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Charlie Appleby; Jockey-William Buick; SP-33/1
7 ran; Time-1m 39.06s; Dist-2¼, 1

2013-WINNER-DAWN APPROACH 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Jim Bolger IRE; Jockey-Kevin Manning; SP-5/4 Fav
2ND-Toronado 3-9-00 Owner-Sheikh Joann bin Hamad Al Thani; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-5/1
3RD-Mars 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP- 10/1
9 ran; Time-1m 39.23s; Dist-sh, 2¾

2012-WINNER-MOST IMPROVED 3-9-00 Owner-Iraj Parvizi; Trainer-Brian Meehan; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-9/1
2RD-Hermival 3-9-00 Owner-H H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani; Trainer-Mikel Delzangles FR; Jockey-Gregory Benoist;
3RD-Gregorian 3-9-00 Owner-H R H Princess Haya of Jordan; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-14/1
16 ran; Time-1m 40.14s; Dist-¾, hd 11/4 Fav Power (12th)

2011-WINNER-FRANKEL 3-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Henry Cecil; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-30/100 Fav
2ND-Zoffany 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-
3RD-Excelebration 3-9-00 Owner-Giuliano Manfredini; Trainer-Marco Botti; Jockey-Adam Kirby; SP-10/1
9 ran; Time-1m 39.24s; Dist-¾, 1½

2010-WINNER-CANFORD CLIFFS 3-9-00 Owner-Heffer Syndicate, Susan Roy & Mrs Instance; Trainer-Richard Hannon;
Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-11/4 Jt Fav
2ND-Dick Turpin 3-9-00 Owner-John Manley; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-5/1
3RD-Hearts Of Fire 3-9-00 Owner-Pat Eddery Racing (Detroit); Trainer-Pat Eddery; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-33/1
9 ran; Time-1m 39.55s; Dist-1, ¾ 11/4 Jt Fav Makfi (7th)

2009- WINNER-MASTERCRAFTSMAN 3-9-00 Owner-Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-5/6 Fav
2ND-Delegator 3-9-00 Owner-Poilin Good; Trainer-Brian Meehan; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-4/1
3RD-Lord Shanakill 3-9-00 Owner: Mogeely Stud & Mark Gittins; Trainer: Karl Burke; Jockey-Jim Crowley; SP-20/1
10 ran; Time: 1m 39.21s; Dist-nk, 1½

2008-WINNER-HENRYTHENAVIGATOR 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh;
SP-4/7 Fav
2ND-Raven’s Pass 3-9-00 Owner-Stonerside Stable LLC; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-7/1
3RD-Twice Over 3-9-00 Owner-Khalid Abdullah; Trainer-Henry Cecil; Jockey-Ted Durcan; SP-8/1
8 ran, Time-1m 38.7s, Dist-¾, 2½

2007-WINNER-EXCELLENT ART 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-8/1
2ND-Duke Of Marmalade 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Michael Kinane;
3RD-Astronomer Royal 3-9-00 Owner-Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-
Colm O’Donoghue; SP-14/1
8 ran, Time-1m 39.33s, Dist-nk, 1¼ Evens Fav Cockney Rebel (5th)

2006-WINNER-ARAAFA 3-9-00 Owner-Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar; Trainer-Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Alan Munro;
SP-2/1 Fav
2ND-Stormy River 3-9-00 Owner-Ecurie Mister Ess AS; Trainer-Nicolas Clement FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-7/2
3RD-Ivan Denisovich 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Mr & Mrs Irving Cowan; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE;
Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-13/2
11 ran, Time-1m 39.59s, Dist-2, 1¾

2005-WINNER-SHAMARDAL 3-9-00 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Kerrin McEvoy; SP-7/4 Fav
2ND-Ad Valorem 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-8/1
3RD-Oratorio 3-9-00 Owner-Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-6/1
8 ran, Time-1m 37.18s Dist-3, 1¾ (run at York)

2004-WINNER-AZAMOUR 3-9-00 Owner-H H Aga Khan; Trainer-John Oxx IRE; Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-9/2
2ND-Diamond Green 3-9-00 Owner-Lagardere Family; Trainer-Andre Fabre FR; Jockey-Gary Stevens; SP-10/1
3RD-Antonius Pius 3-9-00 Owner-Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-7/1
11 ran, Time-1m 39.02s Dist-nk, ¾ 6/4 Fav Haafhd (4th)

2003-WINNER-ZAFEEN 3-9-00 Owner-Jaber Abdullah; Trainer-Mick Channon; Jockey-Darryll Holland; SP-8/1
2ND-Kalaman 3-9-00 Owner H H Aga Khan; Trainer-Sir Michael Stoute; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-5/2 Fav
3RD-Martillo 3-9-00 Owner-Gestut Hony-Hof; Trainer-Ralf Suerland GER; Jockey-William Mongil; SP-12/1
11 ran, Time-1m 39.91s Dist-1, 3