Cartier Horse of the Year Standings Topped By Blue Point
Godolphin owned Blue Point, wrote his name into history with a dual victory at the elite Royal Ascot meeting, i.e. Gr.1 King's Stand Stakes and Gr.1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes . He has also climbed to top of the Cartier Horse of the Year ratings.
Blue Point has been retired after his fantastic feat, was earlier trained by Charlie Appleby.
He is second horse in 99 years to achieve the double, and more dual honors could be heading his way if he ends 2019 as Cartier's Sprinter and Horse of the Year—a brace the lightning Lochsong last achieved in 1993.
The 5-year-old son of Shamardal has 106 points, putting him 10 clear of Gr.1 One Thousand Guineas and Gr.1 Tattersalls Irish One Thousand Guineas heroine Hermosa, who finished second behind Watch Me in last week's Gr.1 Coronation Stakes at the royal meeting.
Her Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate Magical, third in the list with 80 points, also had to settle for second, losing out in the Gr.1 Prince of Wales's Stakes to Crystal Ocean, who joins Gold Cup hero Stradivarius in fourth with 64 points.
Gr.2 Hardwicke Stakes winner Defoe is next in the Horse of the Year race. His total of 56 puts him on a par with Persian King, successful in this season's Gr.1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French Two Thousand Guineas), while Lord Glitters, who won the Gr.1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot, has accrued 54 points.