February 23 2019

Royal Ascot could be on the agenda for the exciting BARYS, who confirmed the promise of this winter’s Lingfield win with a Listed success in France on Sunday 10th February.

The son of Kodiac quickened smartly to land the Prix de la Californie over a mile on the Polytrack at Cannes-Sur-Mer to set up a possible crack at the valuable Britannia Handicap at the Royal Meeting in June.

Archie says: “Future plans will be discussed with the owner but I see him as a Britannia type. I am sure he will make into a lovely horse for the good mile races on turf this summer.

“Barys is a gorgeous big horse who we have always liked since he came to us in the summer. His work has always been very good and he won easily at Lingfield in November.

“Blinkers seem to have been they key to his improvement on the racecourse and I’m excited to see how much more progress he can make.”

Barys, who readily defied his official rating of 86 and odds of 10-1, gave owner-breeder Nurlan Bizakov, of Hesmonds Stud, his first stakes winner trained at Saxon Gate and jockey Eddy Greatrex a first taste of stakes success.

“I’m delighted for Nurlan who has been a big supporter of the yard,” adds Archie. “I’m also very happy that Eddy’s first win at this level has come on one of mine as he has been a massive part of everything at Saxon Gate.”

The three-year-old, who hails from the family of Arc winner Carnegie, quickly dictated the race before quickening smartly under Greatrex two furlongs out to score by a comfortable length and three-quarters.

Barys, who was returning from a three-month break in France, comfortably beat Listed placed Chantilly winner Pizzicato and Hamdan Al Maktoum’s useful Walhann, with favourite Trouville – a course and distance winner – even further behind in fourth.


By Simon Mapletoft