Guineas Rivals to Renew Rivalry in Juddmonte
Barney Roy and Churchill top the betting for the Juddmonte International later this month at the Ebor Festival at York, the feature race of the meeting. The pair of three-year-old colts were the first two home in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the season but have now stepped up in trip and are set to do battle at 1m2f for the first time.
The bookmakers make Barney Roy the 3/1 favourite in the horse racing betting to reverse his form with Churchill from the opening British Classic of 2017 and beat the older horses for the first time in his career. Richard Hannon’s runner was second in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in his first attempt at ten furlongs where he was denied by just a nose behind Ulysses.
Churchill was set to return to action at Glorious Goodwood last month after a disappointing outing at Royal Ascot, where he could only finish fourth in the St James’s Palace Stakes. He was unable to line up in the Sussex Stakes against Ribchester, though, because the ground came up too soft on the day at the Sussex track. As a result, the York race on day one of the Ebor Meeting will be his first outing since June
Eclipse winner Ulysses heads the challenge from the older generation at York. Sir Michael Stoute’s horse has had a consistent season so far as he has finished in the frame in three Group One races in 2017. The four-year-old was no match for Enable in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes on his last start, but he ran well in defeat as he was conceding a lot of weight to the Oaks winner at Ascot.
This year’s race will take place on August 23 at 15:40 as it is the fourth race on the opening day of the meeting on the Knavesmire at York.