Lady Aurelia's bid for a third consecutive victory at the Royal Ascot meet was thwarted Tuesday in the Group 1 King's Stand stakes. Instead, the winner proved to be Blue Point, a Godolphin-owned horse trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick. Those same connections captured the Epsom Derby earlier this month with Masar.
Favorite Lady Aurelia was prominent throughout the five-furlong race over the straight but faded to seventh late. The other U.S.-based runner in the field, Bucchero, trained by Tim Glyshaw and ridden by Jose Ortiz, ran on well to get fifth, just nosed out for fourth.
Battaash, the narrow second choice in the betting at 9-4 behind Lady Aurelia, surprisingly went to the lead ahead of the favorite and stayed on until he was overtaken by Blue Point late. Filly Mabs Cross finished third behind Battaash.
“This horse has meant a lot,” said Appleby after the win. “I'm just delighted. I've loved him since he was a 2-year-old. I was confident coming into today he was the right horse.”
“Things haven't gone his way in a lot of races,” said rider Buick. “Today, to make him a Group 1 winner and everything felt right, it's very, very satisfying.”
Blue Point is a 4-year-old son of Shamardal bred in Ireland by Oak Lodge Bloodstock.
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