By Nicholas Godfrey
Germany: Barney Roy is set for a visit to Woodbine in Canada after landing his fourth G1 event with a tenacious effort in Germany’s top race, the Grosser Preis von Baden, on Sunday.
Trainer Charlie Appleby nominated the G1 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine on October 16 after the six-year-old completed a Godolphin hat-trick in the Baden-Baden feature, won by Best Solution and Ghaiyyath in the previous two seasons.
Ridden by James Doyle, Barney Roy quickened well before scoring a game length-and-a-quarter verdict over Mark Johnston-trained Communique, who set a moderate gallop in the Longines-sponsored €175,000 contest. He was winning his second G1 in Germany this term, having claimed the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich in July.
“We are delighted to see Barney Roy win another G1 race in his extended career,” said Appleby, speaking on the Godolphin website. “He has established himself as a real favourite in the yard and, now that we know he stays a mile and a half, it can hopefully open up a few more doors for him,
“A trip to Canada for the G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes, which we won with Old Persian last year, could potentially be on the cards for him now.”
Doyle added: “It looked a strong race on paper and the field appeared to be quite closely matched, with the German Derby form and a few from Barney Roy’s previous races all tied in.
“He was much better on the ground today. It was a bit testing at Cologne but it had dried out here. It still wasn’t his perfect racing surface but he got away with it.”
German Derby runner-up Torquator Tasso was sent off favourite before claiming third, just ahead of Arc hope Donjah, who raced in last and could never land a telling blow off the dawdling pace.
“Unfortunately, it was far too slow and the German jockeys let themselves be outwitted by the English on the way,” said champion trainer Henk Grewe.
Godolphin also scored a one-two on Friday’s card at Baden-Baden as Royal Hunt Cup winner Dark Vision (Mar Johnston/Franny Norton) stormed home from last to first to snatch the G2 Oettingen Rennen over a mile from French-trained Half Light.
In a bunch finish, Rubaiyat, Germany’s reigning Horse of the Year, close up in third.