By Jon Lees
Bahrain: Godolphin’s Barney Roy is one of eight G1 winners from eight different nations entered for next month’s Bahrain International Trophy at Sakhir racecourse in Bahrain.
Barney Roy clinched his fourth G1 success last month when he captured the Grosser Preis von Baden to take his career earnings past £1 million, after which Canada’s Northern Dancer Turf was nominated as his likely next target.
However, trainer Charlie Appleby has revealed the gelding is already back in Dubai to prepare for the £500,000 contest on November 12, which has also attracted the likes of Billesdon Brook, Deirdre and Lord Glitters.
“It’s a race we’ve been keen to support, and we feel that we’ve got the right horse in Barney Roy to take to Bahrain,” he said.
“He’s got a great profile leading into the race off the back of his Group 1 in Germany. He’s been shipped out to Dubai already and will continue his preparation there. We’re delighted to have the invitation from Bahrain, and we are thrilled to be able to support the race with a horse like Barney Roy.”
In the inaugural running of the race last year Royal Julius, from France, beat Turgenev, from the stable of John Gosden.
Royal Julius, who finished second last in Sunday’s Arc, could return to defend his crown while Gosden has engaged Global Giant, who is owned by HH Shaikh Isa Salman Al Khalifa, vice-chairman of Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club in Bahrain.
Gosden said: “Global Giant’s in great form. It’s been the plan all year to go to the Bahrain International and we’ve been very happy with him.”
With 61 entries, the race has attracted 15 more horses than in 2019.
Shaikh Salman bin Rashed al Khalifa, executive director of the Rashid Equestrian & Horse Racing Club, said: “The entries show the confidence trainers and owners have in Bahrain and our race.
“To have horses like Barney Roy, and Billesdon Brook and trainers like Aidan O’Brien, John Gosden and Charlie Appleby support the race is a huge boost for us. We are very hopeful that the Bahrain International Trophy will become a key date in the international racing calendar for many years to come.”
A maximum field of fourteen will go to post for the 1m2f race, which will have two slots for locally-trained horses. The winner of Saturday’s G3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket will receive an automatic invitation.