Trainer Charlie Appleby has no qualms about Barney Roy at Royal Ascot although Japan is a strong favourite.
Charlie Appleby is adamant Barney Roy (5/1 – Race Winner) will relish the step back up in distance after his charge was confirmed as one of seven runners for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
A star-studded septet will be vying for Group 1 glory over 1m 1f 212y in Berkshire and Japan, trained by Irish maestro Aidan O’Brien, currently leads the betting at EVS.
Japan, who finished fourth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp last time out, has plenty of talent and this was proven when winning the Juddmonte International at York in August 2019.
However, Appleby will be hoping his charge, Barney Roy, can have a big say in Wednesday’s spectacle and he heads to Royal Ascot on the back of two successive victories at Meydan.
Both of those wins came over 1m1f and the six-year-old will be aiming for a second triumph at the coveted festival, having claimed the St James’s Palace Stakes spoils back in 2017.
Speaking about Barney Roy, who would become the oldest winner since Muhtarram in 1995 if he comes out on top, Appleby insists going back up in trip will not be an issue.
“His previous two starts this year were over nine furlongs in Dubai but I’ve always felt that stepping him up in trip would bring about more improvement,” he was quoted as saying by sportinglife.com.
“I know he’s been over the trip before, in the Eclipse and Juddmonte International, but for me, he’s an older and stronger horse than he was then. On the back of his runs this year, I think he goes there in good shape and we are looking forward to going back to Ascot with him, where we know he’s been a past winner at the Royal Meeting.”
Of the other five contenders, the William Haggas-trained Addeybb is already a dual Group One victor this year, having picked up two top-level prizes in Australia, and is priced at 10/1 to triumph.
Roger Charlton is represented by Headman (5/1), who has two Group Two wins to his name, while the in-form Andrew Balding saddles Bangkok (33/1), who picked up a win at Lingfield Park on February 1 before finishing third at the same venue later that month.
Despite Royal Ascot being behind closed doors, it still promises to be a fantastic meeting in Berkshire with the action running from Tuesday until Saturday next week, and Betfred will have prices on every race!