Blue on Point for second year in a row to win King's Stand
Blue Point saw off old foe Battaash to successfully defend his crown in the King's Stand Stakes.
Charlie Appleby's Blue Point mowed down the free-going Battaash to emerge victorious last season, but 12 months on the boot was on the other foot - with Battaash restrained by Jim Crowley in the hope of coming with a late run.
Fresh from winning three times in Dubai earlier in the year, 5-2 chance Blue Point was the first of the big two to commit for home under James Doyle and while 2-1 favourite Battaash came at him late, Appleby's charge was a length and a quarter to the good at the line.
It was almost the same one-two-three as last year, but Mabs Cross was this time narrowly denied third by Soldier's Call.