Royal Ascot Hero Blue Point Retired

Champion UK sprinter Blue Point has been retired ending hopes that he could represent the Godolphin stable in The Everest at Randwick in October.

Blue Point winning the King's Stand Stakes
Blue Point winning the King's Stand Stakes Picture: Pat Healy Photography

Trainer Charlie Appleby confirmed Blue Point's retirement just days after he completed his historic double by becoming only the third horse to win the King's Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes in the same week at Royal Ascot.

"Blue Point had a fantastic week and managed to succeed where many horses have failed in completing his extraordinary double," said Appleby.

"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 then begin his new career at stud.

"He will be missed by everyone in the yard. He is a natural athlete and I have every confidence he will, like his sire Shamardal, be a huge success as a stallion."

In completing the G1 sprint double at Royal Ascot Blue Point became the first European-trained horse since Diadem in almost 100 years to accomplish the feat.

Australian sprinter Choisir became the second winner of the double in 2003.

Blue Point retires with four G1 wins in the King's Stand Stakes twice, Diamond Jubilee and Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai plus the G2 Gimcrack Stakes as a 2YO and G3 Pavilion Stakes as a 3YO. He was also G1 placed in the Middle Park Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes and Commonwealth Cup.

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