RICHARD Hannon has made a bright start to the season and his good run can continue with BARNEY ROY in Saturday's Group Three Greenham Stakes (3.05pm) at Newbury.
There are some illustrious names on this race’s roll of honour, not least Frankel who won this event back in 2011 before his unforgettable 2,000 Guineas romp.
It’s unlikely there is anything remotely as good as him in this line-up, but Barney Roy was very impressive when winning his maiden at Haydock last September.
The son of Excelebration, who chased home Frankel himself on a number of occasions, should have no problem with the drop back to seven furlongs, while the ground will be perfect.
Hannon has made no secret of the regard this horse is held in at home and he’d love to add to his father’s six wins in this race.
Aidan O’Brien doesn’t normally target this contest so you have to respect his sole entry War Secretary, who won a Listed race at Dundalk last week.
However, a bigger danger could be the Frankel colt, Dream Castle, a ready winner at Doncaster earlier this month who could be anything.
John Gosden had a brilliant Craven meeting and I expect him to notch a quickfire double tomorrow.
MUNTAHAA is the selection in the opening Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (1.55pm).
His third at Doncaster will have blown the cobwebs away and he looks a huge price each-way at 8/1.
You couldn’t fail to be impressed with Gosden’s Daban in Wednesday’s Nell Gwyn and he can land tomorrow’s Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2.30pm) with DABYAH.
She wasn’t beaten far in the Prix Marcel Boussac last October and is a proven stayer, unlike Queen Kindly.
Muntahaa 1.55pm Newbury
Dabyah 2.30pm Newbury
Barney Roy 3.05pm Newbury