Double Ex-celebrations!

Debutant Barney Roy (2c Excelebration-Alina, by Galileo) headed a double for first-crop sire Excelebration on Saturday when scoring in great style at Haydock. The Richard Hannon-trained colt, bred by Eliza Park International, made light work of some decent opposition to triumph by three and three-quarter lengths under Sean Levey (pictured). Levey told the Racing Post: “Barney Roy worked really well early doors and we thought he´d be a classy type. He went a bit wrong and had some good time off, and grew into his frame, and he´s been working well at home.”

Meanwhile at Chester the same afternoon, trainer Mark Johnston sent out Celestation (2f Excelebration-Coventina, by Daylami) to capture a seven-furlong maiden.

“It was a fantastic run in the Convivial Maiden at York and off the back of that we expected Celestation to win at Lingfield, but she came back lame from there. We gave her a couple of weeks and everything went right for her today, we knew after a furlong she was in the box seat and would take a lot of catching,” said Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father.