Godolphin's Blue Point won Group One of the King's Stand Stakes
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, was on hand on Tuesday as Godolphin’s Blue Point emerged victorious in the King’s Stand Stakes at the Royal Ascot.
Godolphin’s Blue Point came ahead of Battaash in Group One of the event. Blue Point was yet another victor for trainer Charlie Appleby and Norwiegan-born jockey William Buick, who teamed up earlier this month for an Epsom Derby victory with Masar.
Buick, however, said that there was no time for the duo to rest on their laurels.
“I am enjoying that (his 21st Royal Ascot win) but got to look forward and to the other horses running this week,” he said.
The New Jersey-based Thoroughbred Daily News quotes Buick as saying that the win “is very satisfying”.
“I was always every comfortable where I was and I knew he would see the race out better than Battaash,” he said. “It was just a case of whether I would be close enough where it mattered.”
“Things are going very well at the moment, I’m enjoying it and I’m not going to hide that,” he added. “We are led by Sheikh Mohammed who has got to where he is by setting very high standards and he expects that from everyone around him.”
Also in attendance at the races were Sheikh Mohammed’s wife, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Her Highness Sheika Al Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who are also horse racers and horse race enthusiasts.