Hannon up for a Barney
Richard Hannon is looking forward to having another crack at Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Churchill with Barney Roy in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Having his third run in the Classic, Barney Roy finished a creditable one-length second to Aidan O'Brien's colt, especially as he met trouble in running.
"Barney Roy has come out really well from that run and with a stronger pace he would have finished much closer," said Hannon.
"The mile at Ascot is right up his street and I can see him putting it up to Churchill in a big way."
Barney Roy will head a strong Ascot team for Hannon, with Oh This Is Us and Kool Kompany on course for the Queen Anne Stakes after finishing third and fourth respectively in the Diomed Stakes at Epsom behind Sovereign Debt.
"They both had traffic problems at Epsom but both ran very well. The plan is to head to Ascot and off a strong pace they should both be right there," Hannon told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
As ever the yard will be well represented in the juvenile races with Woodcote Stakes winner De Bruyne Horse in the Coventry Stakes, along with Denaar.
"He is a progressive sort and won well at Epsom in spite of the track. He has come out of the Woodcote in great form and continues to take everything in his stride. He is a horse that is still learning his trade and should improve again next time," said Hannon.
"Denaar showed he was very tough at Newbury and that run will have brought him on a lot mentally. I would expect him to improve and run a big race."
Natural and Tajaanus are due to run in the Albany, with Out Of The Flames heading for the Queen Mary. Elysium Dream is pencilled in for the Chesham over seven furlongs.
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