It is Royal Ascot time again and this year has got off to a flying start and brought in some great results including a second consecutive win for Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes bets.com.au reports today.
Trained by Charlie Appleby and Ridden by James Doyle, Blue Point is only the twelfth horse to have managed to win back-to-back King’s Stand Stakes on day one of Royal Ascot. He was riding against Battaash again this year, the same as last year, and managed to edge him out again, for a second win over him. Battaash was the 2/1 favourite for the race but was narrowly beaten again by 5/2 Blue Point.
Appleby was appreciative of the effort put in by Blue Point “He is one of the old warriors in the yard, and it has been a great effort from everyone at home” Doyle was also supportive and glad that he didn’t mess up the race. Further down the list, Soldier’s Call came in third at 16/1 and Mabs Cross priced at 6/1 finished fourth in the race.
The Queen Anne Stakes, which traditionally opens Royal Ascot, saw a win for Lord Glitters, who was priced at 14/1. Initially, Laurens was winning the race two furlongs out, but he faded to be overtaken Lord Glitters who managed to stay ahead of One Master and Beat the Bank. Royal Ascot was trained by David O’Meara and ridden by Daniel Tudhope.
“Danny gave him a perfect ride from the word go,” Said O’Meara “Watching the race, it was one of the easiest Royal Ascot runners we’ve ever had to watch because there was never a moment I thought he was in trouble.”
In the second race, Arizona, the 15/8 favourite secured an easy win of half a length. Ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by Aiden O’Brien Arizona was a clear favourite and overcame Coventry Stakes who managed a second place finished over Guildsman by a neck.
O’Brien and Moore got a second win in the St. James Stakes with Circus Maximus. The pairing teamed up with the 10/1 runner Circus Maximus overcoming King of Comedy who placed second, with Too Darn Hot, the favourite for this race only managing a third-place finish.
The Ascot stakes saw a 12/1 priced Grand Visir take the Win. Ridden by Richard Kingscote and trained by Ian Williams, Grand Visir won the race from Buildmeupbuttercup to deny Moore his third Win in that days racing. Time to Study was able to take home third place.
The last race of the day saw Daniel Tudhope getting his second Win riding Addeybb. The Wolferton Stakes saw the horse, trained by William Haggas, beat out the favourite Magic Wand for the Win. Addeybb started at 5/1 and took the Win over the 9/2 favourite.
O’Brien and Moore now await Wednesday’s Prince of Wales Stakes, the main race of Royal Ascot to see if they can pick up another win.