Speedster Is Making A Point

Son of Shamardal can make history again

Brilliant sprinter Blue Point has stormed to the head of the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings following an exceptional Gr1 double at Royal Ascot last week.

The Godolphin-owned five-year-old, trained by Charlie Appleby, became only the second horse in 99 years to follow up victory in the five-furlong Gr1 King’s Stand Stakes, on June 18, by taking the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes over a furlong further just four days later.

Top-class Blue Point

Blue Point (106 points) was retired shortly afterwards to join his sire Shamardal at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, having been victorious on all five of his starts this year, including when capturing the six-furlong Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Azizi Developments at Meydan, UAE, in March.

He may yet gain another rare double by emulating Lochsong, the only horse to be crowned Cartier Sprinter and Cartier Horse Of The Year in the same year in 1993.

Five magnificent days at Royal Ascot also saw Crystal Ocean (64) enter the reckoning in the Cartier Older Horse category with a breakthrough first Gr1 success in the 10-furlong Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on June 19, in which he stayed on well to beat Magical (80) and Waldgeist (44).

Sir Michael Stoute

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained five-year-old, who races in the colours of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, has been a model of consistency throughout his career, finishing in the first three in all 15 outings.

Six-year-old Lord Glitters (54), trained by David O’Meara in Yorkshire for Geoff and Sandra Turnbull, succeeded at Gr1 level for the first time as well when gamely winning the Queen Anne Stakes over a mile on June 18.

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid’s Defoe (56) also enhanced his Cartier Older Horse claims at Royal Ascot when following up victory in the Gr1 Investec Coronation Cup earlier this month with success in the 12-furlong Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes for trainer Roger Varian on June 22.

Hermosa (96) increased her advantage at the head of the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings, but the Aidan O’Brien-trained daughter of Galileo, who is owned by a Coolmore partnership, could only finish second behind Watch Me (40) in the G1 Coronation Stakes over the round mile.

Watch Me’s impressive display capped a remarkable six days for French handler Francis-Henri Graffard, who sent out Channel (32) to capture another major prize for three-year-old fillies, the French Classic, the G1 Prix de Diane Longines, at Chantilly, on June 16.

Three-year-old colt Circus Maximus (32) benefitted from first-time blinkers and the return to a mile, as he defeated King Of Comedy and last year’s Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Too Darn Hot (32) in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes on June 18.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien for a Coolmore partnership, Circus Maximus previously finished sixth behind stablemate Anthony Van Dyck (48) in the premier British Classic, the G1 Investec Derby, at Epsom Downs on June 1.

Martyn Meade’s stable star Advertise (32) entered Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Sprinter calculations with a determined victory in the G1 Commonwealth Cup on June 21, his first start over six furlongs since landing the G1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh, Ireland, in August.

The 2018 Cartier Stayer Stradivarius (64) looks strongly placed to retain his crown after becoming only the third horse this century, after Royal Rebel and Yeats, to win successive runnings of the Gold Cup on June 20.

Stardivarius outstays them

Bjorn Nielsen’s homebred, trained by John Gosden, had too much class for his main market rival Dee Ex Bee (40), previously unbeaten in two starts this season, and Irish challenger Master Of Reality (20).

Cartier Racing Awards – points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, June 23, 2019

Cartier Horse Of The Year

Blue Point 106

Hermosa 96

Magical 80

Crystal Ocean 64

Stradivarius 64

Defoe 56

Persian King 56

Lord Glitters 54

Anapurna 48

Anthony Van Dyck 48

Magna Grecia 48

Cartier Older Horse

Magical 80

Crystal Ocean 64

Defoe 56

Lord Glitters 54

Waldgeist 44

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt

Persian King 56

Anthony Van Dyck 48

Magna Grecia 48

Advertise 32

Circus Maximus 32

Phoenix Of Spain 32

Sottsass 32

Too Darn Hot 32

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly

Hermosa 96

Anapurna 48

Castle Lady 40

Watch Me 40

Channel 32

Commes 32

Lady Kaya 32

Siyarafina 32

Cartier Sprinter

Blue Point 106

Advertise 32

Battaash 32

Hello Youmzain 24

Calyx 16

Dream Of Dreams 16

Forever In Dreams 16

Inns Of Court 16

Invincible Army 16

Mr Lupton 16

Sestilio Jet 16

Cartier Stayer

Stradivarius 64

Dee Ex Bee 40

Master Of Reality 20

Called To The Bar 18

Dashing Willoughby 16

Amade 12

Cross Counter 12

Ispolini 12

Raa Atoll 12

Way To Paris 12

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