Can Anyone Stop Barney Roy in the Queen Anne Stakes?
May 26, 2019
Royal Ascot is just over five weeks away now, and with all the runners in the featured race of the weeklong festival starting to hit their purple patch in form, we can begin to decide who could win the Group One Queen Anne Stakes.
Held in high regard among British punters, Royal Ascot is to British fans what Gulfstream Park is to American horse racing fanatics. There can be a case made for at least five in the race, with only the higher priced runners ruled out due to the step up in class being too steep. That being said, there is a definite stand out from the current form, and that is Barney Roy.
The five-year-old trained by Charlie Appleby and owned by Godolphin has roared back into form following sluggish runs in his last four races. The win at the listed meeting at Longchamp was a welcome return, and under the stewardship of James Doyle, things can only get better. Barney Roy has won all-but-one of his career wins with Doyle, so the decision to change the jockey was an inspired decision.
Godolphin has a wide range of horses that will be showcased at the Ascot festival, but hopes are higher with this one than most. Ascot has been a happy hunting ground for Barney Roy, having won at Ascot in 2017 in the St James’s Palace Stakes. A change in trainer followed this, and recently he suffered a heartbreaking defeat by a neck at the hands of Zaaki at Ascot.
The five-year-old was sent to Paris following this narrow defeat to build up his fitness, and after a tricky opening period of the race in France, he roared clear and won convincingly. The signs are looking good that he can build on this success again at the festival.
This six-year-old has already been one of the prominent market movers ahead of the Ascot meeting and has settled at around 4/1 after being quoted by various bookmakers at a massive 20/1 earlier in the month. The talented horse, which is trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum has been in marvellous form since the new season began.
He began the season with a strong outing at Newmarket, where he finished three-and-three-quarter lengths behind Zabeel Prince in the Earl of Sefton Stakes. This was a much better run than his last outing of the previous season, where he finished 11th; four lengths behind Expert Eye in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. If there was ever a horse that was begging for the season to be over; then that was what Mustashry looked like on that November afternoon.
The strong start to the season and the form of all Stoute’s horses has got bookmakers looking a little nervously at what this six-year-old could achieve at Ascot, especially if his win over Laurens by two-and-a-half lengths at Newbury earlier this month were anything to go by.
Roger Varian’s six-year-old already has a good record over the previously mentioned horses, and at the current price of around 7/1 could be the standout pick. He has started the season in inspired form; having won back to back races over April and May. Zabeel Prince certainly looks ready for the Ascot festival.
His first win of the season came at Newmarket, where he outlasted Forest Ranger to win by two lengths and three-quarters. This was followed up by an immense performance in the Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp in France. Set off at 3/1, the Irish horse raced keenly before being ridden to challenge one furlong out by Andrea Atzeni. From here, it never looked like he was going to lose; he oozed quality and professionalism and would be a real concern for any opponent in the Queen Anne.
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Author: Tom Mortimer
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