SHINING BRIGHT, Barney Roy (Excelebration - Alina, by Galileo) looks to emulate the likes of Al Kazeem and other subfertile stallions in taking advantage of a second career on the race track. Dream comebacks are a rarity, but an exceptional training performance from Charlie Appleby has put Barney Roy back in to the top tier and aiming towards the Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night. Facing his toughest battle yet on his return to the racetrack, Barney Roy proved doubters wrong with an impressive victory in the Group 2 Al Rashidiya on Thursday 30 January during the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Settling towards the rear of the field, Barney Roy made smooth progress on the home turn with William Buick aboard, before showing his class to pull away from Dream Castle to win by a cosy two and a quarter lengths.
A leading miler of his generation during his first career on the racetrack, Barney Roy was a course record setting Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes winner. Previously second to Churchill in the 2000 Guineas, he finished his season with top performances against older horses, most notably a nose second to Ulysses in the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes. Excitement of retiring to stud at Darley’s Dalham Hall in Newmarket in 2018 was short lived, as he proved subfertile. Only returning to the track last season, he managed to claim the Listed Prix de Montretout at ParisLongchamp with the Dubai World Cup Carnival the main target. Now he is looking likely to be a major contender for the Group 1 Jebel Hatta on Super Saturday before taking his chance on World Cup night.
Second chances have proven fruitful for some subfertile stallions in the past, highlighted by the likes of Al Kazeem and Kingsgate Native. Al Kazeem returned to the track after a short lived career at stud to regain peak form with victory in the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes, Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt and Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup with an official rating of 121. After a brief spell at Cheveley Park Stud, Kingsgate Native returned to the track to win six more races including a double in the Group 2 Temple Stakes, Group 3 King George Stakes, and even at the age of 11 was running with an official rating of over 100. Subfertile stallions should never be written off and deserve every chance to prove they can return to their former glory on the track, and we can clearly see that Barney Roy is already showing the class and ability of old. Exciting times are ahead, and looking towards Super Saturday and the Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night, perhaps Barney Roy hasn’t finished showing us how high a level he can reach.