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Blue Point set to attempt famous double in Diamond Jubilee with Le Brivido also set to run again

Blue Point streaking clear of Battaash to claim his second King's Stand Stakes win.

Blue Point has been given the green light to go for the King's Stand, Diamond Jubilee Stakes double at Royal Ascot, after connections confirmed the dual-Ascot winner would run again on Saturday.


Blue Point continued his love affair with this famous venue on day one of this year's meeting. In a carbon copy of his victory 12 months previous, Charlie Appleby's charge picked off favourite Battaash to retain his King's Stand Stakes crown in spectacular fashion.

Usually, it's only the staying handicappers who attempt a double during Royal Ascot, with horses regularly taking part in both the Ascot Stakes and the Queen Alexandra. So, when the news broke this morning that Blue Point was to make his second outing of the meeting in Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes, excitement in the flat-racing world was high.

"It was in the back of our minds." Trainer, Charlie Appleby told the Racing Post. "He was always going to be left in the two races so if he were to win the option would be there."

"Immediately after the race everybody posed the question of what you're going to do, but when you're dealing with livestock you won't know until the following morning what condition they're in so we didn't put it out there."

"We were pleased with the way the horse has taken the race, we spoke about it at length yesterday and added the pros and cons. Blue Point seems to turn his A-game on at Ascot, he's held the track record over six furlongs there and he seems to be in the form of his life."

"He's only got two more opportunities to run at Ascot this season before he retires at the end of the year and it was either this or wait for Champions Day when he could be taking on testing conditions."

"The way the forecast is, it's going to be drying out nicely towards Saturday. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed is very sporting and he felt the horse deserved to take his chance."

Another who will make their second appearance at Royal Ascot this year is Aidan O'Brien's Le Brivido, who drops back to six furlongs to lock horns with Blue Point in the Diamond Jubilee. The former Jersey Stakes winner ran a decent enough race to place fifth behind Lord Glitters in the Queen Anne and O'Brien thinks the drop in trip will bring about a return to winning form.

O'Brien said, "He ran well in the Queen Anne on Tuesday and wasn't beaten all that far but we feel he might be better over six or seven. He seems to have come out of the race on Tuesday in good shape and we're going to let him take his chance on Saturday."

Sadly, French raider Inns Of Court will not take his chance in Saturday's feature race. Invincible Army had led the betting for much of the build-up, but he has since been usurped in the market by Blue Point, with Coral making the King's Stand Stakes winner the new 2/1 favourite.

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Blue Point set to attempt famous double in Diamond Jubilee with Le Brivido also set to run again

Blue Point has been given the green light to go for the King's Stand, Diamond Jubilee Stakes double at Royal Ascot on Saturday 22nd June.

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