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Blue Point back for more in Diamond Jubilee
Posted in: Royal Ascot News
Charlie Appleby's speedball successfully defended his King's Stand crown with a tremendous performance to see off old foe Battaash on the opening day of the showpiece meeting.
Last years 1-2 lead home the field yet again as BLUE POINT lands back-to-back renewals of the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at #RoyalAscot for Charlie Appleby, @the_doyler and @godolphin!
— Royal Ascot Tips & Free Bets @Timeform.com (@TimeformLive) June 18, 2019
The five-year-old will now bid to become the first horse since Australian raider Choisir in 2003 to win both major sprints in the same week.
Appleby told Press Association Sport: "He's come out of Tuesday's race well and it was always in the back of our minds that we might do this, but we didn't want to say too much after Tuesday's race because we wanted to see how he came out of it.
"He was obviously entered in both races and he seems to have taken the King's Stand well. He had some light exercise this morning and looks great and has eaten up - he's doing all the things you'd want him to do if you're thinking about running again a few days later.
"After discussing it with His Highness (Sheikh Mohammed), we decided we'd declare him and it still gives us another 48 hours to check everything is fine with the horse.
"We think he deserves to take his chance."
Blue Point's task is far from straightforward, with several top-class sprinters lying in wait.
The James Tate-trained Invincible Army has been the star of the six-furlong division so far this season - impressing in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster and the Duke of York Stakes.
Like Blue Point, Aidan O'Brien's Le Brivido and Michael Pitman's New Zealand challenger Enzo's Lad are both turning out for the second time in the space of five days, having finished down the field in the Queen Anne and King's Stand respectively.
18 declared runners:
Bound For Nowhere
Dream Of Dreams
Sands Of Mali
Speak In Colours
The Tin Man
Tip To Win
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