Greenham report: Barney Roy Guineas third favourite after smooth Newbury win
Saturday 22 April 2017
Watch a full replay of the JLT Greenham Stakes won by Barney Roy at Newbury on Saturday and Niall Hannity's interviews with Richard Hannon and James Doyle.
By Racinguk.com staff
One of the first major milestones achieved by Richard Hannon was winning the Qipco 2000 Guineas and judging by the victory of Barney Roy in the JLT Greenham Stakes at Newbury he could have leading contender for the opening colts' Classic.
In recent years the Marlborough handler has enjoyed a successful association with Godolphin and the son of Excelebration looks set to provide them with more big-race glory after maintaining his unbeaten record with an impressive success in the Group Three contest.
Victory in the seven-furlong affair looked to be heading the way of Godolphin's other runner Dream Castle, with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Frankel colt shooting into a clear lead entering the final quarter of a mile.
But closing with every stride for James Doyle, the 5-2 winner moved alongside the Doncaster maiden victor, who was sent off the 9-4 favourite, before pulling clear to claim victory by two lengths, with Zainhom a way back in third.
Paddy Power and Ladbrokes slashed Barney Roy to 6-1 from 16-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas, while RaceBets and William Hill went 7-1.
Hannon, who won the Guineas in 2014 with Night Of Thunder in his first season with a licence after taking over from his father, Richard senior, said: "He has relaxed enormously, as he was a little bit keen, and in fairness that is more or less down to Sean Levey.
"I was a bit worried coming back from a mile to seven and you can see why, as he just took his time getting going.
"I thought he was in trouble four down then he went 'whoosh'. I've liked him for a long time, though.
"He has got a chance of going to the Guineas. He will get a trip as well now that he is more relaxed. I did say in the summer he might get a Derby trip, whether he gets that far I don't know.
"I definitely think he will stay further, but a strong-run mile will suit him well."
Bin Suroor said of Dream Castle: "I think he was too keen in the race. He is a horse that needs to settle. His options are open and we will talk to Sheikh Mohammed.
"There are options in the French and English Guineas, and even the Irish Guineas."
Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Zainhom: "He wants easier ground and further. Jim (Crowley) and Sir Michael were happy enough. He is a great big, heavy horse that wants ease in the ground.
"I don't think he has ever had the speed to be a real genuine miler, as I am sure he wants further. We are certainly not thinking of the Guineas on that. We will let the dust settle then talk to Sir Michael.
"Wherever he goes he will want a bit of juice in the ground."