Trainer Richard Hannon is adamant that his stable star Barney Roy will take “all the beating” when he competes in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday afternoon.
Barney Roy, 3.50 favourite to win the race, has enjoyed a stellar start to his career so far under Hannon.
The three-year-old has won three of his first five races, with his other two runs seeing him finish in second place.
One of them was to Ulysses in the Coral Eclipse in his last outing and the duo will meet again on Wednesday.
Barney Roy has already won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and Hannon is expecting his charge to be the one to beat this week.
Ahead of the race, he told reporters: “It was a great run for a three-year-old at Sandown and it was such a shame to get beaten.
“Barney Roy is in great form at home and has done very well since the Eclipse. He heads there in fantastic order and the Juddmonte looks the ideal race for him.
“The Eclipse form has been boosted by the victory of Eminent last Tuesday (in a Group Two at Deauville) and I think he will take all the beating at York.”
Seven horses have been listed for the big race on day one of the Ebor Festival, with Churchill also set to run for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
O’Brien will also have Cliffs of More running, while Shutter Speed, Decorated Knight and My Dream Boat complete the line-up.