Blue Point has been retired after his incredible Royal Ascot sprint double last week.
The five-year-old became the first horse since Choisir in 2003 to win the King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs on Tuesday before following up over a furlong further in Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee.
Blue Point bows out with four Group One wins to his credit and trainer Charlie Appleby has paid tribute to his star sprinter.
“He pulled up well from the weekend and after discussions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, we came to the conclusion that he owes us all nothing,” said Appleby.
“He’s given us some wonderful times, with the highlight being last week’s King’s Stand-Diamond Jubilee double.
“Even from his two-year-old days, winning the Gimcrack and being placed in multiple Group Ones, to winning the King’s Stand last year and then winning three Group Ones this year – he’s been top-class.
“He’s a horse very close to my heart, being there from the start, and it’s not often you get horses who impress you so much in a morning that do the same in the afternoon, but he’s never let us down. He’s been a true champion.
“I’d like to personally thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for allowing us to train him in the first place and place him as we have. He has been very much involved in the decisions and the plan for last week.
“We just felt Ascot has been his most fond place to race, his record speaks for itself and to go out like this is very appropriate – to retire on a high.
“It’s very rare for a horse to show such form at two and win Group Ones at five, and that is all credit to the horse.
“I’d just like to personally thank all my team who have been involved with him down the years, he’ll be sorely missed.
“I’m sure he’ll emulate his father (Shamardal) and be a very successful stallion.”
Blue Point retires having won 11 of his 20 races and over £2.5 million in prize money.
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Godolphin‘s Blue Point clung on grimly to complete a remarkable Royal Ascot double in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Having successfully defended his crown in the King’s Stand on Tuesday, Charlie Appleby’s five-year-old was turned out just four days later in a bid to follow in the hoofprints of the Australian speedball Choisir – the last horse to win both races in 2003.
With the rapid Kachy adopting his customary pacesetting role, the 6-4 favourite got the perfect lead into the race and his rider James Doyle was still sitting motionless Racing inside the final two furlongs.
Once asked to go about his business, Blue Point quickly took a couple of lengths out of the field and at that stage looked set to score decisively.
However, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Dream Of Dreams and Danny Tudhope finished with a real flourish and were only a head down at the line.
Kachy boxed on to finish third ahead of Speak In Colours in fourth.
Appleby said: “I thought about doing both races after he did a great piece of work the week before the King’s Stand.
“His Highness (Sheikh Mohammed) came into town a bit early and was looking round at the Ascot runners, and I said if he was happy I’d leave Blue Point in on the Saturday and let’s just dream we can win the King’s Stand and give ourselves the opportunity of potentially having a crack at the Diamond Jubilee.
“He’s going to retire this year and he’s a superstar of a horse.
“Sheikh Mohammed made the call. I just gave him the information on the horse. It was so sporting of him to bring Masar back as well. That is what the sport is all about, seeing good horses through their three- and four-year-old careers.”
Doyle said: “He’s a horse you dream about. He’s learnt what his job is all about and has learnt with each race. He went down to the start like a complete professional.
“He was a little bouncy and excitable in the gates, but he jumps and travels, just everything you need to do. Kachy ran a hell of a lick and I was trying to keep a lid on my horse.
“He is so genuine, he was trying to run him down earlier than ideal, so I was trying to preserve all his energy for as long as I could. I was mindful going that extra furlong.
“When we got there he was a bit lonely, he felt the other horse come and stuck his neck out. He’s an amazing horse. Maybe five and a half furlongs would be easier!”
He added: “Full credit to Charlie. I feel sorry for Will (Buick). This is a massive meeting for him to miss out on, but he’s here in full support. It’s great to see him.”
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Godolphin’s Pinatubo maintained his unbeaten record with a deeply impressive display in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Having followed up his winning debut at Wolverhampton with victory in the Woodcote at Epsom three weeks ago, Charlie Appleby’s colt was a 3-1 shot to complete his hat-trick in this seven-furlong Listed event under James Doyle.
The well-touted 5-4 favourite Lope Y Fernandez moved towards the front racing inside the final two furlongs, but Pinatubo covered the move and quickly asserted his authority – pulling clear to score emphatically by three and a quarter lengths.
Lope Y Fernandez was a clear second ahead of Highland Chief in third.
Appleby said: “I’m delighted – he came here with the right credentials.
“He surprised me first time up when he won at Wolverhampton, but learnt plenty. We went to Epsom confident on the back of that and he showed an impressive turn of foot that day.
“I was confident throughout the race today that we were going to get the business done.
“We’ll step up in class now, obviously. Something like the Vintage Stakes (at Goodwood) could be for him, the way he travels. The National Stakes (at the Curragh) wouldn’t be out of the question later.”
Doyle said: “He’s quite a sleepy horse at home and just goes up and down. You wouldn’t notice him in the string.
“He travelled fantastic today. It was just a case of keeping a lid on him for the early part of the race. Obviously his experience at Epsom brought him on a lot. He hit the lids well and I had to hang on to him to save that energy.
“Once we got a bit of room he quickened up well and put the race to bed nicely.
“I can see him getting another furlong, but there are plenty of options for him at seven.”
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