Blue Point is about to reach the guard of King’s Stand sprint title at Royal Ascot in a top and steady form more than ever.
The five-year-old trained by Charlie Appleby is all set and ready for the five-furlong showpiece happening very soon, and there would sure be an exciting clash with Charlie Hills’ Battaash who was eventually beaten for a length and three-quarters just a year ago.
After three victories in Dubai, Blue Point is making a major comeback to culminate in the Al Quoz Sprint for the World Cup night; on the other hand, Battaash reminisced his brilliant self during its reappearance in the Temple Stakes held at Haydock that excite many spectators.
On an interview, Appleby commented that it will be an exciting game and it is what racing is really about. They look forward to Blue Point and Battaash turning up with their A game to put up a fight that has never been seen before.
“I know Battaash has taken over as favorite – and justifiably so after his reappearance – but I’m not afraid to taking him on again.”
The trainer also shared that it would be the best to achieve a back-to-back King’s Stands as everyone knows that the horse has always been perceived with high regard ever since its two-year old days.
He mentioned that Barney Roy is also a big runner on the first day of Appleby and Godolphin meeting during the Queen Anne Stakes. It used to be Richard Hannon’s high-performer; however, a spell at stud became unsuccessful and he had to go back to training with Appleby.
After vowing a major return at Ascot, he emerged as an impressive champion of a Listed race tilt during the ParisLongcham last time out.
Appleby disclosed he was delighted with its horse’s first start at Ascot as it finished second. That enabled the bet to move forward as he became a part of the Longchamp and then won without any struggle.
“He came out of the race in good order and we are looking forward to the Queen Anne,” he concluded.