So the dust has settled on another Royal Ascot, not my successful it has to be said, but we had some great racing as ever despite so pretty autumnal, to say the least, weather at times.
Blue Point was the high point for me, and not just because I backed him for both his wins. To do the King’s Stand and Diamond Jubilee double takes some doing, only nine horses have ever managed it. Choisir was the last in 2003 and you then have to go all the way back to 1920 in the record books and Diadem before the Aussie raider. Full list is:
Hornet's Beauty (1913)
Blue Point (2019)
Diamond Jubilee Stakes previously called the All-Aged Stakes (1868-1925), Cork and Orrery Stakes (1926-2001) and Golden Jubilee Stakes (2002-11)
Stradivarius silenced the doubters winning a second Gold Cup and of course that man Frankie Dettori put the wind up the Bookmakers for a while on Thursday with a four-timer. Crystal Ocean won the Prince Of Wales's Stakes whilst Circus Maximus blew the 3yo mile division wide-open winning the St James's Palace Stakes. Japan showed what he can do and is one to watch in the middle-distance division moving forward. As for the 2yo’s Arizona is toward the top of the betting for the 2,000 Guineas next year following his win in the Coventry Stakes along with the very impressive Pinatubo from Godolphin who won the Chesham Stakes in a 2yo track-record time.