ROYAL ASCOT: DAY 1
19 June 2018
The Charlie Appleby-trained BLUE
POINT (IRE) notched a third win at Ascot Racecourse when getting up in time to
land the Group 1 Kings Stand Stakes under William Buick. Battaash (IRE) set a
strong pace and looked like winning but a late run from BLUE POINT (IRE) saw
him win with plenty in hand.
Bred by Oak Lodge Bloodstock he
is a Shamardal half-brother to Group 2 Railway Stakes scorer and Group 2 Mill
Reef Stakes runner-up Formosina (IRE). Their dam, Scarlett Rose, is a
well-related half-sister to multiple Group 3 winner Tumbleweed Ridge, as well
as Tumbleweed Pearl, dam of Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes winner Gilded (IRE). Descendants
of the family include Listed winner and Group 2 placed Blue Nose.
The Godolphin-owned four-year-old
is just the second horse of his age to win the five furlong contest in the last
Meanwhile, Champion National Hunt trainer
Willie Mullins was successful for a fourth time in the Ascot Stakes with a comprehensive win from LEGOSTOVEGAS (IRE). The John Donohoe-owned mare executed three furlongs out to gain an advantage
and stay on well to claim the £90,000 contest.
Bred by Keith Griffin she is a
daughter of Coolmore Stud sire Footstepsinthesand. Now seven times a winner, she
is the best of four runners out of the Montjeu (IRE) mare Reine De Coeur (IRE).