Godolphin’s Blue Point to drop back in distance for future races

Sport360 staff 2018/07/15

Godolphin‘s Blue Point, who finished seventh in Saturday’s G1 Darley July Cup, over six furlongs at Newmarket, is set to drop back in trip for his next runs.

Trainer Charlie Appleby reported the Shamardal colt was too free in the early stages of the July Cup, with jockey William Buick doing his best to restrain him in behind the pace.

“In a five furlong race, they are going just that fraction faster, and that makes all the difference to Blue Point,” Appleby said.

“Looking ahead, races such as the G1 Nunthorpe at York, the Flying Five at the Curragh, and the G1 Abbaye at Longchamp are all possible targets.

“I would like to keep him to five furlongs now, though he could possibly revert to six furlongs for the Sprint on Champions Day at Ascot in October.

“He is a different horse at Ascot, and has held records for both the five and the six at the course,” he pointed out.

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