Royal Ascot 2019

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Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:25 am

Shamardal has such a wonderful story. Diagnosed with wobbler syndrome as a foal, an insurance adjuster attained ownership of the colt to try and do alternative treatment to cure him. Whether he outgrew it or the alternative treatment worked he was fine by the time he was sold as a yearling. He then went on to be a Champion on the track and a great stallion.
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Mylute wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:35 pm
carole wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:43 am
Galileo, Sea The Stars, Bated Breath tied with 3 winners each at Royal Ascot with no more runners for any of them.

Shamardal who had Pinatubo today and Blue Point on Tuesday/today could get his 3rd individual winner with Cape Byron in the next race, the Wokingham.
Racing Post has named (or claimed?) that Shamardal is the leading sire for 2019, as they are counting Blue Point's two wins.
Yea I suppose that's fair enough, winning 2 races with one horse at the Royal meeting is certainly no easy task. Then again Shamardal did sire just the one Blue Point ;)
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Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:57 am

Who dresses the grooms?
Most look quite dapper!
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:42 am

Blue Point has been retired

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/ ... ble/387266

Sad to see him be retired so early in the year, but between Meydan and Ascot, he's already won some great races in 2019. I'm sure they considered keeping him around for the Sprint on British Champions Day in October.
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:56 am

Northport wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:42 am
Blue Point has been retired

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/ ... ble/387266

Sad to see him be retired so early in the year, but between Meydan and Ascot, he's already won some great races in 2019. I'm sure they considered keeping him around for the Sprint on British Champions Day in October.
I was sad to just read that on Goldolphin's page. Shame to retire such a brilliant horse in his prime.
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:19 pm

When Sheikh Mo was interviewed after Blue Point's win on Saturday, he said something about the horse having established his credentials as a stallion. I think he was already considering retiring him then.
It does seem too early in the year for a horse who appears to be dominant in the turf sprint division, but maybe he's going to start his stallion career in the Southern Hemisphere? Maybe at Godolphin's Australian farm?
Speaking of Sheikh Mo, he looked very thin when he was being interviewed; his face seemed almost gaunt. I wonder if he's OK. :?
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:27 pm

I'm assuming they plan to shuttle him since they're not letting him finish out the racing year.
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:28 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:19 pm
When Sheikh Mo was interviewed after Blue Point's win on Saturday, he said something about the horse having established his credentials as a stallion. I think he was already considering retiring him then.
It does seem too early in the year for a horse who appears to be dominant in the turf sprint division, but maybe he's going to start his stallion career in the Southern Hemisphere? Maybe at Godolphin's Australian farm?
Speaking of Sheikh Mo, he looked very thin when he was being interviewed; his face seemed almost gaunt. I wonder if he's OK. :?
How old is he? It could be age.
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:57 pm

He was born July 15, 1949, so he's about to turn 70.
That doesn't seem that old to me, but maybe being HRH, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai, is a lot of stress?
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:35 pm

"He has nothing left to prove" is always such an unsatisfying basis for retirement, but after that past week I suppose this is as close as one can get to justifying it. Wishing him the best in retirement.
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:52 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:19 pm
When Sheikh Mo was interviewed after Blue Point's win on Saturday, he said something about the horse having established his credentials as a stallion. I think he was already considering retiring him then.
It does seem too early in the year for a horse who appears to be dominant in the turf sprint division, but maybe he's going to start his stallion career in the Southern Hemisphere? Maybe at Godolphin's Australian farm?
Speaking of Sheikh Mo, he looked very thin when he was being interviewed; his face seemed almost gaunt. I wonder if he's OK. :?
The article I read sounded like he was going to Dalham Hall. Not sure if they'll let him down for a couple weeks there and then shuttle him, or if they won't rush the transition process and wait until NH season 2020.
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Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:16 pm

The main reason why they let Blue Point Start twice is because they were planning on retiring him after Ascot. So why not pick up another race to boost the resume.
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Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:45 pm

Think this tweet sums up Blue Point well
https://mobile.twitter.com/LauraKingDXB ... 4488609793
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Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:29 pm

RugbyGirl wrote:
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Think this tweet sums up Blue Point well
https://mobile.twitter.com/LauraKingDXB ... 4488609793
A vicious beast he is not. Charlie Appleby’s kids saying goodbye to “Bluey.”
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(From a tweet by Aisling Appleby)
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Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:10 pm

What a sweet photo, and what a gentle horse Blue Point is.
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ThreeMustangs wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:29 pm
RugbyGirl wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:45 pm
Think this tweet sums up Blue Point well
https://mobile.twitter.com/LauraKingDXB ... 4488609793
A vicious beast he is not. Charlie Appleby’s kids saying goodbye to “Bluey.”
Image

(From a tweet by Aisling Appleby)
This brought tears to my eyes........stunning.y beautiful horse (and kids too!) Thanks for posting it.
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Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:04 pm

I diagnose Blue Point with chronic Big Baby Disease.
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Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:36 pm

Mylute wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:04 pm
I diagnose Blue Point with chronic Big Baby Disease.
:lol: indeed.

At any rate, the entire Ascot meet was simply a feast for the eyes, I enjoyed it very much.

I also like the big fields but less races per day. I have no desire to see 10-14 races on any day, it's just exhausting and I don't even look at those anymore.
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:06 am

Struggled to figure out where to post this. Aussie trainer Chris Waller (Winx) has lunch with the Queen (not Winx) before attending Royal Ascot

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/kin ... 524qu.html
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Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:55 am

Comradres, I know most of you are here just for maney, but knowing little history made my Royal Ascot experience even more special, wish you the same lol :geek: :geek: https://smartbettingguide.com/history-royal-ascot/
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