Classic contenders and Royal winner headline Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Saturday
HM the Queen enjoying another day at Newbury
Barney Roy and Dabyah both enhanced their Classic claims with impressive G3 victories at Newbury (April 22), while Her Majesty The Queen was also present on day two of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend to see her colours carried to victory by Call To Mind.
The Queen, who had celebrated her 91st birthday on Friday with a day's racing at Newbury, returned to the course to see her three-year-old Galileo colt Call to Mind, who she also bred, capture division one of the £8,000 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden over a mile.
Trained by William Haggas and ridden by Ryan Moore, the 6/4 favourite quickened well to take the lead inside the final furlong, seeing off the challenge of Commander (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni, 5/2) to prevail by a neck on his racecourse debut.
Her Majesty's colours were also carried in in division two of the £8,000 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden by Musical Terms (William Haggas/Ryan Moore, 5/2), who ran well to take second, two lengths behind shock 100/1 winner Duke Of Bronte (Rod Millman/Ryan Tate).
Marlborough trainer Richard Hannon Senior is the joint most successful trainer in the Group 3 JLT Greenham Stakes with six wins, now his son Richard has gained his first victory in the race with Godolphin recruit Barney Roy, who stormed to a decisive win under James Doyle.
Godolphin's other runner in the seven-furlong contest, 9/4 favourite Dream Castle (Saeed bin Suroor/Oisin Murphy) quickened into a clear advantage over a furlong out but 5/2 shot Barney Roy produced a strong run to take the lead entering the final half-furlong and galloped out strongly for a two-length success. Zainhom (Sir Michael Stoute/Jim Crowley) finished third, a further four lengths in arrears.
Hannon said: "Barney Roy has relaxed enormously. I was a bit worried coming back from a mile to seven furlongs and he just took his time getting going. I thought he was in trouble four down but then he went 'whoosh'."
"I have liked him for a long time and he has got a chance of going to the 2,000 Guineas. He will get a trip as well now that he is more relaxed. I did say in the summer he might get a Derby trip, whether he gets that far I don't know. I definitely think he will stay further, but a strong-run mile will suit him well."
James Doyle added: "It was a funny sort of race. They jumped as if they were going to go OK, so I just settled in, and then they steadied it a bit before one set them alight and we got racing a long way down.
"I was slightly concerned around the three-furlong pole but it was still a long way out on these type of horses. It was only his second run and, once I gave him a couple of taps, I could feel his stride pattern change - he got lower to the ground and lengthened."
"He galloped right through the line and was still having a bit of a look, so he is going to learn so much from that.
"I think he is crying out to step up to a mile and is going to stay beyond that with no problem. He is definitely a nice mile and a quarter horse in the making." In-form trainer John Gosden continued his fine start to the 2017 Flat season with a near 60/1 treble including a pair of Group 3 victories through Dabyah and Muntahaa.
The 6/4 favourite Dabyah made all of the running to take the £60,000 Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Stakes over seven furlongs. Frankie Dettori gave the Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah-owned three-year-old filly a confident ride as she came home a length and a quarter ahead of Urban Fox (25/1, James Tate/Martin Harley).
(Photos courtesy Newbury Racecourse)