Charlie Appleby considers Barney Roy plans

Wild Illusion pencilled in for Curragh comeback

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Barney Roy could continue to revive his racing career in the Prix d’Ispahan at ParisLongchamp on May 26 before trying to claim a second success at Royal Ascot.

The Excelebration gelding – who returned to racing after proving to be infertile at stud – found only one too good on his debut for Charlie Appleby in a Listed race at the Berkshire track, where he claimed victory in the 2017 St James’s Palace Stakes, earlier this month.

Appleby said: “I felt like Barney ticked a lot of boxes. He showed his enthusiasm and his courage when he got into a battle. Thankfully he has come out of the race well and we will look forward to hopefully a nice summer with him.

“We are going to make an entry in the d’Ispahan with him, but Ascot in all probability will be his next port of call.

“There is time though to run in France and then at Ascot. We will make the entry for him and have a look at see.”

Having been denied a Group One hat-trick on her final start of 2018 in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, stablemate Wild Illusion looks set to make her comeback in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh (June 28).

He added: “I will give Wild Illusion an entry in the d’Ispahan, but the Pretty Polly looks a more realistic starting point.

“Then we can look at the Romanet afterwards and take the rest of the season from there.”

Old Persian could be seen out sooner than expected, with Appleby not ruling out supplementing this year’s Sheema Classic hero for the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom.

Appleby said: “Old Persian has travelled back from Dubai now. He is a horse that I’m far from saying could be supplemented, but he has the profile and if the race was breaking down it could be looked at.

“It is not out of the question, but it is not to the fore at the moment. He has just had his first canter up the short Polytrack.”

Mythical Magic is being lined up for a return to Group One level on his first start in Britain since October 2017, with Appleby intending to run the son of Iffraaj in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday week.

He said: “He ran well in the Al Fahidi, then he went and won the Zabeel Mile and this will be his first run since then.

“I was hoping to race in Australia with him, but we didn’t get an invitation, so we are going to head to the Lockinge. He is a horse that is progressing.”

Charlie Appleby considers Barney Roy plans
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