Blue Point storms clear of the field to win the Gimcrack
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 3:29PM 20 AUG 2016
Report: York, Saturday
Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2), 6f, 2y0 colts and geldings
BLUE POINT emphatically confirmed his reputation as one of the best two-year-olds of this campaign by breezing to an easy win in the Gimcrack Stakes.
The son of Shamardal, owned by Godolphin, was cut to a general 10-1 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas in the aftermath of the win, behind the Aidan O’Brien-trained duo of Caravaggio and Churchill.
Tracking the leaders in the opening stages, Blue Point was always travelling well, and when Buick pressed him for an effort the colt responded in devastating style, beating Mokarris by three lengths, who himself pulled clear of The Last Lion in third.
Doubt over stamina for a mile
Trainer Charlie Appleby was impressed with the manner of the victory, however cast doubt on whether he could stay the Guineas trip of a mile.
Appleby said: “William (Buick, jockey) came back in and said they couldn’t go fast enough for him.
“We’ll speak to John and His Highness but I’d be tempted to go straight to the Middle Park. I’d love to say he’d stay a mile but it doesn’t look like it at the moment.”
Also on Saturday
Betfred Apprentice Stakes, 5f, 3yo only
ROB HORNBY produced his mount East Street Revue with a perfectly-timed challenge to score in the £60,000 Betfred Apprentice Stakes – the final race of York’s Ebor meeting.
The win is the most valuable race Hornby has landed in his fourth year as a licensed jockey and his 22nd victory of this campaign – chasing last year’s tally of 41 successes.
East Street Revue returned an 8-1 winner for trainer Tim Easterby, whilst Love On The Rocks finished second with Michael Murphy on board, and Just Glamorous back in third under George Downing.