BLUE Point clung on grimly to complete a remarkable Royal Ascot double in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Having successfully defended his crown in the King’s Stand on Tuesday, Charlie Appleby’s five-year-old was turned out just four days later in a bid to follow in the hoofprints of the Australian speedball Choisir – the last horse to win both races in 2003.
With the rapid Kachy adopting his customary pacesetting role, the 6/4 favourite got the perfect lead into the race and his rider James Doyle was still sitting motionless racing inside the final two furlongs.
Once asked to go about his business, Blue Point quickly took a couple of lengths out of the field and at that stage looked set to score decisively.
However, Dream Of Dreams and Danny Tudhope finished with a real flourish and were only a head down at the line. Kachy boxed on to finish third ahead of Speak In Colours in fourth.