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Blue Point doubles up in Diamond Jubilee
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The five-year-old struck gold for Appleby and Doyle over five furlongs earlier in the week, and showed no ill effects as he made a seamless switch back up to six furlongs to become the first horse since Choisir in 2003 to do the big-race double.
The speedy Kachy set the early gallop and was still in front until around a furlong to run, but Blue Point (6-4 favourite) kicked into top gear to take the lead.
However, the 6-4 favourite was made to pull out on the stops on the run to the line as the Tudhope-ridden Dream Of Dreams emerged from the pack, but Blue Point just hung on in a photo.
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Doyle said: "That was pretty special - he gave me an unbelievable feeling. I said to Charlie after his last bit of work before the King's Stand that I thought he was probably one of the quickest horses I've ever ridden, and he certainly is that.
"It got a little bit hairy late on, Kachy went a hell of a pace and this fella is so genuine all he wanted to do was go and chase him down. I couldn't restrain him any more - I've never met a horse as tough as this. It's unbelievable.
"He's a real star and he has certainly stamped his stallion credentials now. It earmarks him as a real champion."
Trainer Charlie Appleby said: "Big thanks to all my team, I wouldn't be here without them. And we can't do it without the horse.
"I think we will just let the dust settle (before making any plans). This was always going to be his last year.
"Whether we decide to run him again or not, we will just enjoy this moment."
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