Barney Roy (Excelebration) Returns To Winning Ways At Longchamp

Barney Roy Back In The Winners Enclosure

Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes victor Barney Roy (5g Excelebration - Alina, by Galileo) returned to winning ways in the Listed Prix de Montretout at Longchamp on Friday.

The top-class miler, who was also placed at Group 1 level on another three occasions, was retired to stud at the end of his three-year-old campaign but returned to training due to fertility issues. Now in the care of Charlie Appleby, the Godolphin-owned gelding was beaten just a neck on his racecourse return three weeks ago.

He was sent off favourite for the mile test for four-year-olds and upwards, racing keenly in the early stages and did not enjoy the clearest passage when finally challenging over two furlongs out. Quickening through a gap just 50 yards out, he led close home to deny Bayoun.

Barney Roy is now likely to return to the scene of his greatest triumph to run in the Queen Anne Stakes. He was bred by Eliza Park International and is a grandson of multiple Stakes winner Cheyenne Star, from the family of top sprinter Gordon Lord Byron.