The winning exacta from last year's Group 1 King's Stand Stakes came in again Tuesday, with Blue Point prevailing over Battaash in the five-furlong event at Royal Ascot.
From opposite sides of the field, the two favorites came together at the front of the field late with Blue Point gaining an advantage he would not relinquish. Blue Point, trained by Charley Appleby for Godolphin and ridden by James Doyle, became only the 12th horse in the race's 159-year history two win it twice. The trifecta of last year's King's Stand nearly repeated as well, but the 2018 third-place finisher Mabs Cross was just nosed out by Soldier's Cross at the line.
Blue Point, a son of Shamardal bred in Ireland won his 10th career victory from 19 starts. The final time was 58.51.
Imprimis, the one U.S.-based entry in the King's Stand, finished fifth in the field of 12.
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