Roy ready for Royal Ascot

Barney Roy is expected to improve for his experience at Newmarket

Richard Hannon believes Barney Roy's experience in Saturday's 2000 Guineas will "turn him into a man".

Having just his third run, the Excelebration colt stayed on stoutly to get to within a length of the winner Churchill in second place.

Barney Roy stumbled in the dip and had to change course more than once so deserved plenty of credit in getting so close to a multiple Group One winner.

"I could not have been happier with my lad," the Wiltshire handler told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"He has come on again from the Greenham and I believe this race will toughen him up and turn him into a man.

"He has a huge stride and on a better track like Ascot, he will be able to use it.

"The stiff mile will also be right up his street and he should give Churchill something to think about come St James's Palace Stakes day, if they head that down that route.

"He has lost nothing in defeat and remains right at the top of my estimations."

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