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King's Stand hero Blue Point could bid for bold double in Diamond Jubilee

Charlie Appleby celebrates with Blue Point after the King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday
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Blue Point, brilliant winner of the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday, could bid to land the Group 1 sprint double at Royal Ascot on Saturday in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

The Godolphin five-year-old defeated Battaash and Mabs Cross for a second year running in the 5f King’s Stand Stakes, his third win at the top level and his fourth from five runs at Ascot.

Such a fondness for the royal course could result in Blue Point being given the chance to emulate Choisir’s unique achievement of winning the King’s Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee in the same week.

The ground was officially good when Blue Point won the King’s Stand Stakes and rain has subsequently turned the ground on the straight course to soft.

However, trainer Charlie Appleby indicated softer going was less of a concern after Tuesday’s win and added after the race that Blue Point was in the "condition of his life".

Appleby was weighing up his options on Wednesday and said: “Blue Point’s in the Diamond Jubilee so we’re thinking about it. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed is here so we’ll discuss it with him and take into account what he thinks about his condition. It’s a possibility for him, yes.”

Blue Point was cut to 4-1 (from 6) for the Diamond Jubilee after his win on Tuesday. Invincible Army heads the betting at 7-2 for the Group 1, for which declarations are made on Thursday morning.


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Sheikh Mohammed is here so we'll discuss it with him and take into account what he thinks about his condition. It's a possibility for him, yes
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