Godolphin's Blue Point wins the King's Stand

Filed on 19 Jun 2018 @ 15:30

Blue Point (Shamardal) won the Group One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday for Charlie Appleby and William Buick, coming with a strong late run to beat the front-running Battaash. Mabs Cross ran on to claim third with Wesley Ward's raider Lady Aurelia fading into seventh.

Blue Point finishing third in the Commonwealth Cup at the 2017 Royal Meeting, but was a disappointing ninth on his latest start at Sha Tin, Hong Kong, in the G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize in April.

Appleby, registering his fifth success at the Royal Meeting, said: "Full credit has to go to the team at home who have done a fantastic job with Blue Point and getting him back to where he is. I couldn't have been happier with his preparation in the last two weeks and I felt he was back at a level where he could compete after he did a great piece of work the other week.

"To have a Derby winner and then have a winner at Royal Ascot is great and coming into today, I don't think I could have had Blue Point in any better nick. Sheikh Mohammed is a great man and coming into today, there was no pressure on us following Epsom as he just wanted to enjoy the week.

"I think the stiff five furlongs and strong pace has suited him here. I have always thought a lot of this horse and he ran really well in the Commonwealth Cup last year. For whatever reason, he brings his A game here. I was delighted with him at the start of the year in Dubai and whilst things didn't materialise on Dubai World Cup night, we went on to learn a lot in Hong Kong and taught us a few matters. The horse had a torrid time on his way back from Hong Kong, but we gave him a nice break after that and I'm delighted with him."

Sheikh Mohammed, Godolphin's owner, said: "Blue Point was following the fast pace and was travelling very well. He hit the rise and gave more. I think that he is a very good horse. We raced him in Dubai and he was sweating very much but today he was very, very good. Charlie has been with us for a long time and he knew what we want - we always talk to each other about things. William is a very good jockey. They are two very good people. After Masar and the Derby, we are taking it very easy. We are enjoying ourselves and Royal Ascot - whoever wins, we will clap for them. We are relaxing now, but we have some ammunition for the rest of the week."

Blue Point is 5/1 with Paddy Power for the July Cup at Newmarket.

Filed on 19 Jun 2018 @ 15:30