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 – 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.”



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