Charlie Appleby's Royal Ascot hero Blue Point retired to stud
Following a Royal Ascot to remember, Newmarket trainer Charlie Appleby has announced Blue Point’s retirement with immediate effect.
The five-year-old kicked off the meeting by winning the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes last Tuesday before returning on Saturday to triumph in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, becoming the first European-trained horse in almost 100 years to complete that particular double in the process.
There had been talk of a possible assault on the July Cup at Newmarket next month, but he will instead join the Darley stallion roster.
Appleby said: “Blue Point has had a fantastic week and has managed to succeed where many horses have failed in completing this extraordinary double.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was very much the instigator behind going for the challenge and was delighted when he won as he had been planning this for some time.
“Blue Point is sound and well, but owes us nothing so we will retire him on a high. He will now enjoy a break over the summer and will then begin his new career at stud.
“He will be missed by everyone in the yard, and I would like to thank the entire team at Moulton Paddocks, without whom none of this would have been possible.
“Blue Point has a fantastic mind, is a natural athlete and was a pleasure to train. I have every confidence he will, like his sire Shamardal, be a huge success as a stallion.”
Blue Point won 11 of his 20 starts, making the frame in a further six.
His other notable victories include last year’s King’s Stand, the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night earlier this year, plus a further five wins at Group level, including a three-length victory in the Gimcrack.