Royal Ascot 2019: Blue Point wins the King's Stand Stakes for a second successive year

Blue Point
Blue Point (blue) won the King's Stand Stakes by a length and a quarter, with Battaash (blue and white) finishing second

The Charlie Appleby-trained Blue Point won the King's Stand Stakes for a second successive year on the opening day of Royal Ascot.

Just as in 2018, Blue Point finished ahead of Battaash, who had started as the 2-1 favourite.

Blue Point, priced at 5-2, was ridden by James Doyle and becomes only the 12th horse to win the race twice.

"He is one of the old warriors in the yard and it has been a great effort from everyone at home," said Appleby.

Doyle added: "It's a real team effort and I'm immensely satisfied that I didn't mess it up."

Soldier's Call, at 16-1, came third with Mabs Cross, priced at 6-1, finishing fourth.

Earlier on Tuesday, the 14-1 Lord Glitters, trained by David O'Meara and ridden by Daniel Tudhope, won the opening race of the meeting - the Queen Anne Stakes.

Laurens hit the front two furlongs out, but then faded and finished sixth as Lord Glitters won, narrowly ahead of Beat The Bank and One Master.

"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."

The second race of the day saw 15-8 favourite Arizona, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, finish strongly to win the Coventry Stakes, beating Threat by half a length, with Guildsman a neck back in third.

The O'Brien-Moore pairing triumphed again in the fourth race of the day as 10-1 shot Circus Maximus won the St James' Palace Stakes.

Circus Maximus finished won by a neck, with King Of Comedy second and 2-1 favourite Too Darn Hot coming third.

The Grand Visir, trained by Ian Williams and ridden by Richard Kingscote, was priced at 12-1 but won the Ascot Stakes, with Buildmeupbuttercup coming second as Moore was unable to claim his third win of the day, while Time To Study finished third.

Addeybb gave Daniel Tudhope his second win of the day in the final race on Tuesday - the Wolferton Stakes. The horse, trained by William Haggas, won at a starting price of 5-1, with 9-2 favourite Magic Wand coming second, ahead of Elarqam.

The main race on Wednesday is the Prince of Wales' Stakes at 15:40 BST and there could be more success for the partnership of O'Brien and Moore with the favourite Magical, who is unbeaten in three starts this year.

Other horses that are expected to do well are Sea Of Class, Crystal Ocean and Waldgeist.

That race is followed by the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at 16:20 BST, with I Can Fly, again from the O'Brien stable and again ridden by Moore, among the favourites, along with Rawdaa.

Analysis

Cornelius Lysaght, BBC horse racing correspondent

I suppose if you cannot win a certain prize, there is some consolation when it is a mate that does, and that sportsmanship was very obviously evident as William Buick, Blue Point's jockey in 2018 but currently absent because of injury, cheered his friend James Doyle home as they confirmed superiority over Battaash.

This is Blue Point's favoured track - it was a fourth success - but it is clearly not Battaash's - he has never won in three starts here.

What a sickener for Accidental Agent fans [who refused to come out of the stalls in the Queen Anne Stakes]. Although he has been slow to start before, it was nothing like this, and to make matters worse the horse he pipped in the 2018 race, Lord Glitters, won this time.

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