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Blue Point impressed in the Gimcrack Stakes at York
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Blue Point could not have been more impressive as he restored his lofty reputation with a terrific performance in the Group 2 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes over six furlongs at York this afternoon.

With Intelligence Cross a non-runner, ten colts lined up for this important contest.

Medici Banchiere was away well and raced alone on the far side, but was up with the early pace along with Grey Britain and Blue Point. Sadly Dream On Dreams was sharply pulled up, although trainer Kevin Ryan later Tweeted that he was none the worse for his experience.

Passing the three furlong pole Medici Banchiere was still prominent but heading to the furlong point Blue Point stormed into the lead and extended his advantage in the manner of a top class horse.

The final furlong proved little more than a procession as Blue Point and the treble-riding William Buick poured it on.

Mokarris galloped on well but in vein pursuit of the leader who coasted home. The Last Lion just held on to third place from the fast-finishing Global Applause.

Blue Point had looked something potentially special when scoring by 11 lengths to make it two wins from as many starts at Doncaster in July, but had then given second best to the street wise Mehmas in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.

The Charlie Appleby trained son of Shamardal is well entered for the autumn and looks sure to play a leading part in the big Group 1 races to come.

Jockey William Buick was completing a hat-trick, having taken the two previous races with Scottish and Wall Of Fire, and said: “That was a very good performance, he got a lead for a little bit but his cruising speed is so high it’s hard to get a lead for as long as you want.

“He’s one of the best two-year-olds I’ve ridden. He’s doing everything right at the moment, he’s not put a foot wrong.

“I can’t see why an extra furlong wouldn’t suit, but he has so much pace.

“Either way, he’s very exciting.”

Blue Point looks set to head for the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket after making amends for a narrow defeat at Glorious Goodwood in running out a stylish winner of the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York.

Pipped by Mehmas in the Richmond Stakes, the Charlie Appleby-trained juvenile pulverised the opposition in the Group Two contest and has now won three of his four starts.

While Newmarket for the six-furlong Group One contest on September 24 looms, an appearance at Headquarters for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas next season is far from certain.

Appleby said: “That was most impressive and I think the logical thing to do is to go straight to the Middle Park, but we’ll get him back home and have a chat.

“At this stage he looks all speed. It would be great if he stayed a mile, but at this stage it looks like he’s going to be a sprinter.”

He added: “Unfortunately he learned very little in his first two runs.

“Willie Ryan rides him at home and has done a great job. He’s always been very impressed by him and when he likes one they are usually pretty good.”

Godolphin racing manager John Ferguson added: “He ran very well at Goodwood, he was beaten by a horse with a huge amount of experience.

“What you want to see with these two-year-olds is real progression and that’s what we saw today.

“William was able to settle him and when he asked the question he showed what he is capable of. It was an impressive performance and all credit to the team for producing him like that today. He’s very adaptable.

“I think it’s early days. During the course of the next few months we can work out where we go. Sheikh Mohammed enjoys making those decisions and you need good horses to make those decisions.”

Buick was completing a hat-trick, having taken the two previous races with Scottish and Wall Of Fire.

He said: “That was a very good performance, he got a lead for a little bit but his cruising speed is so high it’s hard to get a lead for as long as you want.

“He’s one of the best two-year-olds I’ve ridden. He’s doing everything right at the moment, he’s not put a foot wrong.

“I can’t see why an extra furlong wouldn’t suit, but he has so much pace.

“Either way, he’s very exciting.”

Trainer Simon Crisford was delighted with the performance of runner-up Mokarris.

“I’m very happy. These races are so hard to win. It’s just great to have horses good enough to compete at this level.

“I thought Mokarris was absolutely superb. He travelled so well throughout the race. He picked up very nicely, but just found one too good on the day.

“I think he’s a really smart colt and hopefully he’ll get fast ground for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next year.

“Paul (Hanagan) felt it was just a little too loose on top for him and it took a while to get organised.

“He’s in the Middle Park and if the ground is suitable he could run there but he must have fast ground. He’s very talented with a high cruising speed and gears.”