Barney Roy upsets Churchill in St James's Palace Stakes

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  • Barney Roy won St James’s Palace Stakes for trainer Richard Hannon at Ascot
  • Aidan O’Brien’s previously unbeaten Churchill had to settle for fourth 
  • Sportsmail’s expert tipster Sam Turner called it right by picking Barney Roy

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Barney Roy won the St James’s Palace Stakes for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey James Doyle, while Aidan O’Brien’s previously unbeaten Churchill had to settle for fourth.

Churchill had previous held the upper hand over Barney Roy, eating him in the 2,000 Guineas, but this time it was the less heralded horse who enjoyed his day in the sun.

Just a length had separated the pair when they finished first and second at Newmarket in early May, but having since followed up at the Curragh, Aidan O’Brien’s Churchill was the 1-2 favourite to confirm his superiority over the Richard Hannon-trained 5-2 shot. 

Barney Roy won St James's Palace Stakes for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey James Doyle

Barney Roy won St James's Palace Stakes for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey James Doyle

Barney Roy won St James’s Palace Stakes for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey James Doyle

Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet took the eight-strong field along for much of the one-mile journey in the feature race on the opening day of the meeting, closely pursued by Churchill’s stablemate Lancaster Bomber.

The two big guns were happy to play their cards late, but it was clear from early in the straight that Churchill was not going to pick up the leaders. 

Barney Roy was himself being ridden along from over two furlongs out, but responded to James Doyle’s urgings and got up to score by a length. Lancaster Bomber was second, ahead of Thunder Snow in third.

Aidan O'Brien's previously unbeaten Churchill had to settle for fourth as Barney Roy triumphed

Aidan O'Brien's previously unbeaten Churchill had to settle for fourth as Barney Roy triumphed

Aidan O’Brien’s previously unbeaten Churchill had to settle for fourth as Barney Roy triumphed

JUST AS SPORTSMAIL PREDICTED

Sportsmail’s expert tipster Sam Turner called it right by picking Barney Roy to upset Churchill – for more of Sam’s Royal Ascot picks, click here.