Richard Hannon is confident Barney Roy can run a ‘very big race’, as the Godolphin colt takes on eight rivals in the first classic of the season.
The three-year-old was an impressive winner on only his second start, winning Newbury’s Greenham Stakes in exceptional style.
This is another big step up in class for the Godolphin colt, but he seemed to show real class in one of the 2000 Guineas’ key trial races and is one of the big challengers to Churchill.
Video from Godolphin's YouTube channel
“Barney Roy is one of the most exciting horses we have had here in a very long time, and hopefully he will run a very big race in the Guineas,” Hannon told Godolphin.
“Since his trip to run in the Greenham at Newbury, we have been delighted with him. He has been taking it pretty easy and just ticking along since his win.
“He did a little piece of work on Tuesday morning and did it very well. He is a pleasure to train – very simple, straightforward and sound.”
Will Churchill live up to the hype?
Churchill is a strong favourite to give Aidan O’Brien an eighth victory in this race.
For the third straight year O’Brien sends the favourite to Newmarket without a prep run; Gleneagles won the race in 2015, but Air Force Blue could only defeat one rival.
The three-year-old was the best juvenile in training last season winning the Group One National and Dewhurst stakes in tremendous style.
He hasn’t had a prep run, but his sensational performances make him a very strong player for the best of connections.
Last year’s winning owners Al Shaqab well-represented again by French raider Al Wukair
Al Wukair winning the Prix Djebel, video from Equidia YouTube Channel
Al Wukair is hoping on bringing Andre Fabre his first 2000 Guineas prize in 22 years.
The unbeaten three-year-old won a maiden and listed prize in good style in his native France, and caught the eye when running away with Group Three Prix Djebel last month.
He boasts a strong chance of becoming the second French winner of the Group One prize, since the turn of the millennium.
Frankel offspring Eminent hopes for famous victory
Martyn Meade’s Eminent would be one of the most popular winners of Britain’s first classic.
The son of the legendary Frankel has won both career starts including the Craven Stakes, another integral race in the 2000 Guineas picture.
He may be more of a Derby horse than a miler, but this huge beast had no problems over this trip last time and must be respected again.
|Spirit Of Valor||80/1|
|Law And Order||66/1|
Bin Surror hoping for a Guineas Dream
Dream Castle finished second in the Greenham Stakes last time out, but his exciting pedigree is hard to ignore.
The three-year-old was an exciting winner on debut, and has the potential to turn the form with his Godolphin rival Barney Roy.
“He ran free at Newbury. He was far too keen,” trainer Saeed Bin Suroor told Godolphin.
“Really, he was lacking experience. It was only his second race. Silvestre de Sousa has since come to ride him at home, with the hood fitted, and it is a case of ‘so far, so good.’ I would like him to be nice and relaxed in the race.”
Globetrotters and non-stoppers: can an outsider claim the prize?
Lancaster Bomber finished fourth, behind Thunder Snow in the UAE Derby. Footage from Diez Furlongs YouTube channel.
The well-travelled Lancaster Bomber returns to Newmarket, where he finished second in the Dewhurst behind Churchill.
He finished second in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, before a fourth place finish in the UAE Derby in Dubai.
Aidan O’Brien’s Spirit Of Valor finished seventh that day, a long way behind at Meydan.
Group Three winner Larchmont Lad has a bit to find after only finishing fifth in the Craven for Richard Hannon.
Saeed Bin Suroor’s Top Score was a listed winner in Dubai, but was well beaten in a Grade Two contest last time out.
Owner Saeed Manana had a surprise winner in the form of Night Of Thunder in this race two years ago, this year he is represented by Law And Order who could only finish third in the listed Fielden Stakes last month.