Royal Ascot: Blue Point adds Diamond Jubilee Stakes to King's Stand Stakes win

Her Majesty The Queen presents jockey James Doyle after his win aboard Blue Point
The Queen presents jockey James Doyle after his win aboard Blue Point

Blue Point completed a rare double at Royal Ascot, adding the Diamond Jubilee Stakes to Tuesday's win in the King's Stand Stakes.

The Charlie Appleby trained five-year-old became the third horse to complete a double in the two Group 1 races.

Ridden by James Doyle, the 6-4 favourite tracked Kachy and hit the front with a furlong to go, holding off 12-1 hope Dream of Dreams by a head.

"I have never met a horse as tough as this," said Doyle, 31,

"I have said I think he is one of the quickest I have ever ridden. It got a bit hairy late on but this fella is so genuine he just wanted to chase Kachy down."

It was Doyle's third win of the week but he could not get close to Frankie Dettori's seven winners, which made him top jockey at the meeting for the sixth time and for the first time in 15 years.

Blue Point double run justified

Blue Point (right) came under pressure from Dream of Dreams late in the race
Blue Point (right) came under pressure from Dream of Dreams late in the race

Not since Simenon's success in the Ascot Stakes and Queen Alexandra Stakes in 2012 has a horse completed a double in the same week at Royal Ascot.

Blue Point - now unbeaten in five starts this season - follows Choisir's 2003 success in completing the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Kings Stand Stake double.

With around a furlong to go he appeared set to justify his place at the top of the market as Doyle had yet to ask anything of his mount and when he did, he pulled clear, with only Dream of Dreams offering a response.

Sheikh Mohammed, owner of the Godolphin racing stable, gave the go ahead for Blue Point to be declared for Saturday's showpiece race when he recovered well from Tuesday's win.

"We said we will bring him back to see," Sheikh Mohammed told ITV Racing. "It was marvellous. Good horses always give you great pleasure."

Trainer Appleby said: "It's sporting of his highness in allowing me to have a crack at running this horse and it's what racing is all about, seeing these horses and letting them do what they are good at.

"Words can't describe what we think about this horse and on the back of Tuesday he showed huge courage."


Cornelius Lysaght, BBC horse racing correspondent

It was a week that started slightly stutteringly, I think it's fair to say, but it took off remarkably with the well-documented successes of Frankie Dettori.

His was the stand-out performance of the week, but his mount Stradivarius was magnificent in lifting the Gold Cup for the second year running; also memorable were Blue Point's rare sprinting double, Japan in the Edward VII Stakes and there look to be some nice two-year-olds about.

Big mentions also for two other jockeys. Hayley Turner for making history as only the second female jockey to be successful here, and to Danny Tudhope, a stalwart of the northern circuit, who made a big impression on the biggest southern stage with four victories.

Three winners in 15 minutes

Elsewhere at the meeting on Saturday, Defoe, ridden by Andrea Atzeni, followed up on his Coronation Cup victory by taking the Hardwicke Stakes to justify being 11-4 favourite.

Tudhope picked up a fourth win of the week, guiding 25-1 shot Space Traveller to success in the Jersey Stakes.

Space Traveller's win started a run of form which saw trainer Richard Fahey saddle three winners in under 15 minutes.

The 53-year-old, who is based in Malton, North Yorkshire, saw Space Traveller land the Jersey Stakes at 15:05, before Irreverent (11-2) took the 15:10 at Ayr and Get the Rhythm (13-2) claimed the 15:15 at Redcar.

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