Churchill on the walkway ahead of the 2,000 Guineas
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Churchill and Barney Roy will engage in an exciting rematch at Royal Ascot after both featured in a final field of eight runners for the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Last year’s champion juvenile Churchill has made a brilliant start to his three-year-old campaign, winning both the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish equivalent at the Curragh for Aidan O’Brien.

The Ballydoyle handler also saddles Lancaster Bomber and Peace Envoy in Tuesday’s Group One contest.

Barney Roy was just a length behind Churchill on the Rowley Mile and sidestepped a trip to Ireland, with trainer Richard Hannon keen to ensure his charge is at his best in Berkshire this week.

Barney Roy is one of two Godolphin-owned runners along with Saeed bin Suroor’s Thunder Snow, who bounced back from a shocking effort in the Kentucky Derby to finish second to Churchill at the Curragh.

Richard Fahey’s Forest Ranger, the William Haggas-trained Rivet and Simon Dow’s outsider Mr Scaramanga complete the line-up.