by JOHN SINCLAIR Barney Roy produced one of the upsets of Royal Ascot when he beat Churchill in the St James’s Palace Stakes last week. The three year old gained revenge for his defeat in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the campaign as he impressed in the one-mile contest at the Berkshire racecourse. Ridden by his usual pilot James Doyle, the pair made their effort at the two furlong pole and battled on strongly to deny Lancaster Bomber victory.
Richard Hannon’s colt is likely to step up against older horses next time out in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood where he looks a good bet at 4/1 to pick up another Group One success. He is set to take on Ribchester who is the odds-on favourite for the contest following his victory in the Queen Anne Stakes, while Mutakayyef and Somehow both have entries in the race.
Barney Roy should continue to improve as he progresses this season. As pointed out in the Oddschecker preview of the St James’s Palace Stakes, he was very unfortunate in the Guineas where he did not get a clear run in what was the sole defeat of his career so far. Doyle is likely to be more prominent at Goodwood, while the field size will be much smaller than he encountered at Newmarket.
Speed Queen Lady Aurelia Should Prove Too Quick Again In Nunthorpe Stakes
Arguably one of the performances of the week at Royal Ascot was in the King’s Stand Stakes on day one of the meeting where Lady Aurelia was far too quick for her rivals over five furlongs. Wesley Ward’s runner hit the front early into the contest and never allowed any of her opponents to challenge.
The three-year-old filly stepped up to six furlongs last summer in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket where she didn’t quite look as effective over the long trip. She is likely to remain at five furlongs for the rest of the year where she could clean up in her division if her connections decide to tackle some of the leading races in Europe, including the Prix de l’Abbaye at the Arc Meeting in October at Chantilly.
The challenge to Lady Aurelia in the Nunthorpe at York is likely to come from Marsha who had no excuses when finishing in behind the American sprinter at Ascot. The former Group One runner has to be respected though but she will need a career best performance. As long as the ground does not come up too soft at the Yorkshire track, Ward’s filly will hit the front again and should record her sixth victory in seven starts.
Barney Roy to win the Sussex Stakes 4/1
Lady Aurelia to win the Nunthorpe Stakes 11/10