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2019 King's Stand Stakes tips - Appleby's 3/1 chance to prove a Point again for Godolphin at Ascot

Brian Healy 11 Jun 2019
Blue Point can successfully defend his King's Stand Stakes Crown.

Brian Healy picks out his best bet for Tuesday's Royal Ascot sprint feature, the King's Stand Stakes. Get his big race selection and find out why he is siding with Godolphin to win the race again.

The second of the Group One contests on day one of Royal Ascot, the fast and furious Kings’ Stand Stakes goes to post at 3.40pm as the third race of the opening afternoon of the top-class fixture.

The five-furlong dash boasts a first prize pot in excess of £280,000 and a maximum field of 24 speedsters will face the gate for this dash down the Ascot straight.

The first three horses home in the 2018 renewal could all square off again, and BLUE POINT (3/1, Paddy Power) is taken to successfully defend the crown he won twelve months ago, beating Battash and Mabs Cross for top honours.

Godolphin’s Shamardal entire ran out a two lengths winner on his first start following a short break, having failed to fire when contesting the Group One Chairman’s Sprint at Sha Tin in April; he had finished runner-up the time before behind Ertijaal in the Meydan Sprint back in February prior to that Royal Ascot success.

Things didn’t go to plan in two subsequent outings for Charlie Appleby’s star sprinter, and he could only finish seventh in that season’s July Cup behind US Navy Flag, and third to Alpha Delfini and Mabs Cross in the Nunthorpe although perhaps being drawn away from the pace didn’t help his cause.


Having wintered in Dubai, he went 3-3 at Meydan which culminated in a defeat of Belvoir Bay to win the Al Quoz Sprint, and he will return to Royal Ascot to defend his crown as a fresh horse having not been seen since.

He has a very decent record when fresh, and he is 3-4 at Ascot with his sole defeat at the Berkshire venue coming behind Caravaggio in the 2017 Commonwealth Cup.

Forecast rain in the days leading up to the opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting is a slight worry, and the Godolphin runner won’t want too much of the wet stuff given his best form has come on top of the ground. So long as the ground remains good then it isn’t hard to see him posting a big effort in defence of his crown, and he can confirm last season’s winning run with Battash and Mabs Cross who can follow him home again.

2019 KING’S STAND STAKES SELECTION - BLUE POINT (3/1, Paddy Power)


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2019 King's Stand Stakes tips - Appleby's 3/1 chance to prove a Point again for Godolphin at Ascot

Brian Healy picks out his best bet for Tuesday's Royal Ascot sprint feature, the King's Stand Stakes. Get his big race selection and find out why he is siding with Godolphin to win the race again.

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