Sunday, 14th Jun 2020
Barney Roy has a decent record fresh, enjoys good ground and is a previous Royal Ascot winner, so he could be worth chancing to land the 1m 2f Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes there on Wednesday (15:00).
Trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, the six-year-old gelding won the St James’s Palace Stakes at this meeting three years ago.
Barney Roy prefers a sounder surface and has since spent a failed year at stud before his owners sent him back into training. He has won three of his five starts after coming back to the track.
Although only eighth in the Queen Anne Stakes here last year, there were excuses. Barney Roy lost a shoe, but stayed on and was only five lengths off the winner at the line.
He wintered well in Dubai, landing Group 2 and Group 1 contests at Meydan. Barney Roy led home a 1-2-3-4 for his owners in the latter.
The forecast good going is a plus, while his stable go into Royal Asoct on a 28 per cent strike in the last 14 days at the time of writing.
Now Barney Roy is an older horse, this step up in trip should be right up his street. He therefore looks a bit of value against the favourite in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
Ballydoyle’s master trainer Aidan O’Brien has saddled three previous winners of this feature contest. His sole representative this year is Japan who brings leading form claims into the race.
One of many to pass through the Irish handler’s hands by the mighty Galileo, this four-year-old hit a hat-trick last summer.
The way that Japan ran on well to easily beat the re-opposing Bangkok here in the King Edward VII Stakes was impressive. He followed-up on that with a ready success in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.
Japan was value for more than the half-length winning margin and completed his hat-trick in the Juddmonte International at York. He just beat last year’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes winner Crystal Ocean by a head.
As Japan was far from disgraced when a four-length fourth to Waldgeist in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over in France, he is entitled to be favourite here. The third home, Sottsass, recently won the Prix Ganay to boost the form.
However, Japan has not won a race first time out yet – needing three runs before a victory last season. He may come on for this reappearance.
There have been stronger renewals of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, but the favourite is taken on because of his price and lack of race fitness alone.
It would be no surprise if Japan resumed winning ways under Ryan Moore here. The odds on offer just aren’t attractive on this occasion.
With Addeybb missing the softer surface he needs and it being easy to pick holes in the form of Headman, Lord North may be overpriced.
One of two trained by John Gosden in this renewal, this four-year-old Dubwai gelding could still be improving. Lord North won the valuable Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket last term and then a Listed contest there over this trip.
He just found enough to hold Juddmonte International third Elarqam by a short-head on reappearance. That came just 10 days ago in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard at Haydock.
The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes demands more, but the assessor may underestimate Lord North. He defeated a horse rated 8lb superior to him on Merseyside, yet remains on a mark of 112.
A repeat performance puts Lord North in with a shout of making the frame. With question marks hanging over some rivals, and James Doyle now taking the ride, he may outrun his odds.